Ultrastructural features associated with secretion in the salt glands of Frankenia Grandifolia (Frankeniaceae) and Avicennia Germinans (Avicenniaceae).

Using stereological procedures, a detailed analysis was made from thin section electron micrographs of secreting and nonsecreting salt glands of Frankenia grandifolia (Cham. and Schlecht) and Avicennia germinans (L.) Stern. In F. grandifolia secretory cells, vacuolar volume significantly decreased, while the volume of endoplasmic reticulum increased in secreting glands. Numerous minivacuoles were predominantly located along the periphery of secreting secretory cells, some in apparent fusion with the plasma membrane. No difference was found in mitochondrial volume in the secretory cells between secreting and nonsecreting glands. In A. germinans, there was a significant decrease in vacuolar volume in secreting secretory cells. The volume of the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria also increased in these cells. However, no evidence of minivacuolar fusion with the plasma membrane was observed. These results indicate that the physical process of secretion may differ between F. grandifolia and A. germinans; in both, however, the ultrastructural observations support the contention that specific structural parameters are correlated with the process of secretion.

Main Author: Balsamo, Ronald.
Other Authors: Thomson, William.
Language: English
Published: 1993
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