AutoriM. Festa , L. Lagostena , A. Carpaneto
AbstractPlant cells possess a large intracellular compartment that animal cells do not, the central vacuole, which has been investigated for a long time. The central vacuole can occupy up to 90% of the cellular volume and, differently from intracellular organelles from animal cells such as lysosomes or endosomes, it is easy to isolate. Because of its large dimension (up to 40 ?m diameter) it can be successfully studied using the classical patch-clamp technique. Fol- lowing the idea that the vacuolar membrane could be used as a convenient model to characterize the functional properties of channel-forming peptides, we verified that the phytotoxic lipodepsipeptide Syringopeptin 25A from Pseudomonas syringae pv syringae was able to form ionic pores in sugar beet vacuoles and we performed a detailed biophysical analysis. Recently, we extended the use of plant vacuoles to the expression and functional characterization of animal intracellular transporters, namely rat CLC-7, and channels, i.e. human TPC2. Since endo-lysosomal transporters and channels are still largely unexplored, principally because their intracellular lo- calization renders them difficult to study, we believe that this novel approach will prove to be a powerful system for the investigation of the molecular mechanisms of exogenous transporters and channels.
RivistaBiochimica Et Biophysica Acta. Biomembranes
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Autori IBFArmando CARPANETO, Margherita FESTA, Laura LAGOSTENA
Linee di Ricerca IBFMD.P01.001.001