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Free Content grapevine anthocyanin transport involves vesicle‐mediated trafficking and the contribution of anthoMATE transporters and GST

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In cells, anthocyanin pigments are synthesized at the cytoplasmic surface of the endoplasmic reticulum, and are then transported and finally accumulated inside the vacuole. In Vitis vinifera (grapevine), two kinds of molecular actors are putatively associated with the vacuolar sequestration of anthocyanins: a glutathione‐S‐transferase (GST) and two MATE‐type transporters, named anthoMATEs. However, the sequence of events by which anthocyanins are imported into the vacuole remains unclear. We used MYBA1 transformed hairy roots as a grapevine model tissue producing anthocyanins, and took advantage of the unique autofluorescence of anthocyanins to study their cellular trafficking. In these tissues, anthocyanins were not only visible in the largest vacuoles, but were also present at higher concentrations in several vesicles of different sizes. In the cell, small vesicles actively moved alongside the tonoplast, suggesting a vesicular trafficking to the vacuole. Subcellular localization assays revealed that anthoMATE transporters were closely related with these small vesicles, whereas GST was localized in the cytoplasm around the nucleus, suggesting an association with the endoplasmic reticulum. Furthermore, cells in hairy roots expressing anthoMATE antisense did not display small vesicles filled with anthocyanins, whereas in hairy roots expressing GST antisense, anthocyanins were accumulated in vesicles but not in the vacuole. This suggests that in grapevine, anthoMATE transporters and GST are involved in different anthocyanin transport mechanisms.
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Affiliations: 1: INRA, UMR1083 Sciences pour l’œnologie, F-34060 Montpellier, France 2: INRA, UMR5004 Biochimie et Physiologie Moléculaire des Plantes, Plateforme Histocytologie et Imagerie Cellulaire Végétale, F-34398 Montpellier, France 3: INRA SupAgro, UMR1097 DIA PC, F-34060 Montpellier, France

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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