Variations in Carbohydrate Content and Sucrose-Metabolizing Enzymes in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) Stamen Parts during Pollen Maturation


The formation of mature and fertile pollen grains, taking place inside the anther, depends on supply of assimilates, in the form of sucrose, provided mainly by the leaves. Data is limited, however, with respect to the understanding of sucrose metabolism in microspores and the supporting tissues. The aims of the present work were to 1) follow the changes in total and relative concentrations of sucrose, glucose, fructose and starch in the stamen parts and microspores up until anthesis, 2) follow the activities of sucrose-metabolism-related enzymes, in the anther walls fraction and microspores of the crop plant tomato. Sucrose was found to be partially cleaved in the filament, decreasing by more than twofold in the anther wall layers and the locular fluid, and to accumulate in the mature pollen grains, constituting 80% of total soluble sugars. Thus, sucrose was both the starting sugar, supporting microspore development, and the main carbohydrate accumulated at the end of the pollen-development program. The major invertase found to be active in both the anther wall layers and in maturing microspores was cell-wall-bound invertase. High fructokinase 2 and sucrose phosphate synthase activities during pollen maturation coincided with sucrose accumulation. The potential importance of sucrose accumulation during pollen dehydration phase and germination is discussed.

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E. Pressman, R. Shaked, S. Shen, L. Altahan and N. Firon, "Variations in Carbohydrate Content and Sucrose-Metabolizing Enzymes in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) Stamen Parts during Pollen Maturation," American Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2012, pp. 252-260. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2012.32030.

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