Pollen tube growth question

Julia Frugoli jfrugoli at bio.tamu.edu
Thu Apr 13 12:38:13 EST 2000


Hope this helps:

I suggest these two reviews (a bit old, but a good jumping off point)


  Mascarenhas Joseph P.(1993) Molecular mechanisms of pollen tube growth and
differentiation. Plant Cell. 5(10). 1303-1314.  


 Heslop-Harrison, J (1987) Pollen Germination and Pollen-Tube Growth,
International Review of Cytology, Vol 107 PP1-77.


>From the above review:

"pollen germination and pollen tube growth....are seen from the forgoing to
be matters of daunting complexity-biochemically, physiologically and
structurally."


Also, a quick electronic search picked up the following recent (since 1995)
reviews:

<1>
Accession Number
  PREV199900054030
Author/Editor/Inventor
  Malho Rui [a].
Institution
  [a]  Dep. Biol. Vegetal, Fac. Ciencias Lisboa, R, Ernesto Vasconcelos,
Bloco
  C2, 1780 Lisboa Portugal.
Title
  Pollen tube guidance-the long and winding
  road.
Source
  Sexual Plant Reproduction. 11(5). Nov., 1998. 242-244.  
ISSN
  0934-0882


<2>
Accession Number
  PREV199799340821
Author/Editor/Inventor
  Herrero M [a].  Hormaza J I.
Institution
  [a]  Unidad Fruticultura, S.I.A.-D.G.A., Campus Aula Dei, Apartado 727,
  E-50080 Zaragoza Spain.
Title
  Pistil strategies controlling pollen tube
  growth.
Source
  Sexual Plant Reproduction. 9(6). 1996. 343-347.  
ISSN
  0934-0882


<3>
Accession Number
  PREV199799340819
Author/Editor/Inventor
  Cheung Alice Y.
Institution
  Dep. Biology, Yale Univ., P.O. Box 208104, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.
Title
  The pollen tube growth
  pathway: Its molecular and biochemical contributions and responses to
  pollination.
Source
  Sexual Plant Reproduction. 9(6). 1996. 330-336.  
ISSN
  0934-0882


<4>
Accession Number
  PREV199799296404
Author/Editor/Inventor
  Faure J-E.  Aldon D.  Rougier M.  Dumas C [a].
Institution
  [a]  Lab. Reconnaissance Cellulaire Amelioration Plantes, UMR 9938
CNRS-INRA,
  Ecole Normale Superieure Lyon, 46 Allee d'Italie, F-69364 Lyon Cedex 07
  France.
Title
  Emerging data on pollen tube
  growth and fertilization in flowering plants, 1990-1995.
Source
  Protoplasma. 193(1-4). 1996. 132-143.  
ISSN
  0033-183X


<5>
Accession Number
  PREV199799287500
Author/Editor/Inventor
  Derksen J.
Institution
  Dep. Exp. Botany, KU Nijmegen, Toernooiveld, 6525 ED Nijmegen,
Netherlands.
Title
  Pollen tubes: A model system for plant cell
  growth.
Source
  Botanica Acta. 109(5). 1996. 341-345.  
ISSN
  0932-8629


<6>
Accession Number
  PREV199699209637
Author/Editor/Inventor
  Southworth Darlene.
Institution
  Dep. Biol., Southern Oregon State Coll., Ashland, OR 97520, USA.
Title
  Gametes and fertilization in flowering plants.
Source
  Current Topics in Developmental Biology. Pedersen, R. A.; Schatten, G. P.:
  Eds. Current Topics in Developmental Biology. 341996. 259-279.  
ISSN
  0070-2153
ISBN
  0-12-153134-1.



<7>
Accession Number
  PREV199698782113
Author/Editor/Inventor
  Cai G [a].  Moscatelli A.  Del Casino C.  Cresti M.
Institution
  [a]  Dipartimento di Biologia Ambientale, Universita di Siena, via P.A.
  Mattioli 4, I-53100 Siena Italy.
Title
  Cytoplasmic motors and pollen tube
  growth.
Source
  Sexual Plant Reproduction. 9(2). 1996. 59-64.  
ISSN
  0934-0882


<8>
Accession Number
  PREV199598382972
Author/Editor/Inventor
  Derksen Jan [a].  Rutten Twan [a].  Van Amstel Ton [a].  De Win Anna [a]. 
  Doris Fiona.  Steer Martin.
Institution
  [a]  Dep. Exp. Bot., KU Nijmegen, Toernooiveld 6525 ED Nijmegen
Netherlands.
Title
  Regulation of pollen tube
  growth.
Source
  Acta Botanica Neerlandica. 44(2). 1995. 93-119.  
ISSN
  0044-5983




Julia Frugoli
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
Texas A&M University
Norman E.Borlaug Center for Southern Crop Improvement 
2123 TAMUS
College Station, TX 77843
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FAX 979-862-4790



>Hello,
>
>I have requested help with several plant biology topics in the past few
>months, and I have received several terrific responses.  Here is another
>topic on which I have been unsuccessful in finding the information I need:
>
>I am teaching an advanced undergraduate course in Plant Population
>Biology, primarily focusing on the ecology and evolution of plant breeding
>systems and mating strategies.  During a class on the evolutionary
>implications of pollen-tube competition in plant populations, a student
>stumped me with a question about the mechanism of pollen tube growth. 
>
>The question was not about double fertilization, but rather, about the
>formation of the pollen tube itself.. this led to a more general
>discussion.  We knew from our readings that calcium, potassium, and boran
>affect the water potential on the style, and therefore affect the ability
>of the pollen to germinate.  Several students speculated about what the
>pollen tube is made of, whether it grows through cell division or cell
>expansion, whether it is a part of the male gametophyte, or formed of
>stylar tissue (or the dissolving of stylar tissue).  
>
>I found myself unable to accurately dispel some of the more bizarre
>suggestions, and also unable to describe with clarity the formation of the
>pollen tube, having never really absorbed this information in my plant
>biology courses, and having not read the primary literature on the
>physiology of pollen. (My reading about pollen tubes has been limited to
>the effect of pollen competition on progeny vigor, etc.) 
>
>I wonder if any of you plant-reproductive-physiology types (or
>alternatively, any more well-rounded botanists than myself) could offer
>suggestions of sources that I could investigate to fill in this hole in my
>knowledge?  The texts that I have are not very enlightening on this topic.
>
>Thanks in advance... 
>
>Dana Dudle
>
>-
>> ******************************************************
>> Dana A. Dudle           (765) 658 - 4773  Office
>> Dept. of Biology        (765) 658 - 4766  FAX
>> DePauw University
>> Greencastle, IN  46135
>> ddudle at depauw.edu
>> ******************************************************
> >Hello,
>
>I have requested help with several plant biology topics in the past few
>months, and I have received several terrific responses.  Here is another
>topic on which I have been unsuccessful in finding the information I need:
>
>I am teaching an advanced undergraduate course in Plant Population
>Biology, primarily focusing on the ecology and evolution of plant breeding
>systems and mating strategies.  During a class on the evolutionary
>implications of pollen-tube competition in plant populations, a student
>stumped me with a question about the mechanism of pollen tube growth. 
>
>The question was not about double fertilization, but rather, about the
>formation of the pollen tube itself.. this led to a more general
>discussion.  We knew from our readings that calcium, potassium, and boran
>affect the water potential on the style, and therefore affect the ability
>of the pollen to germinate.  Several students speculated about what the
>pollen tube is made of, whether it grows through cell division or cell
>expansion, whether it is a part of the male gametophyte, or formed of
>stylar tissue (or the dissolving of stylar tissue).  
>
>I found myself unable to accurately dispel some of the more bizarre
>suggestions, and also unable to describe with clarity the formation of the
>pollen tube, having never really absorbed this information in my plant
>biology courses, and having not read the primary literature on the
>physiology of pollen. (My reading about pollen tubes has been limited to
>the effect of pollen competition on progeny vigor, etc.) 
>
>I wonder if any of you plant-reproductive-physiology types (or
>alternatively, any more well-rounded botanists than myself) could offer
>suggestions of sources that I could investigate to fill in this hole in my
>knowledge?  The texts that I have are not very enlightening on this topic.
>
>Thanks in advance... 
>
>Dana Dudle
>
>-
>> ******************************************************
>> Dana A. Dudle           (765) 658 - 4773  Office
>> Dept. of Biology        (765) 658 - 4766  FAX
>> DePauw University
>> Greencastle, IN  46135
>> ddudle at depauw.edu
>> ******************************************************
>
>
>

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