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A simple, rapid method to isolate salt glands for three-dimensional visualization, fluorescence imaging and cytological studies.

Tan WK, Lim TM, Loh CS - Plant Methods (2010)

Bottom Line: The study of salt glands directly at the glandular level are made possible with the successful isolation of these specialized structures.Potential applications of confocal fluorescence microscopic techniques could also be performed using these isolated glands.Experiments designed and targeted directly at the salt glands were explored and cytological information obtained herein could be further incorporated towards the understanding of the mechanism underlying secretion in plant salt glands.

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Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, 14 Science Drive 4, 117543, Singapore. dbslohcs@nus.edu.sg.

ABSTRACT

Background: Some plants inhabiting saline environment remove salts via the salt glands embedded in the epidermal tissues. Cytological studies of salt glands will provide valuable information to our understanding of the secretory process. Previous studies on salt gland histology relied mainly on two-dimensional microscopic observations of microtome sections. Optical sectioning properties of confocal laser scanning microscope offer alternative approach for obtaining three-dimensional structural information of salt glands. Difficulty in light penetration through intact leaves and interference from neighbouring leaf cells, however, impede the acquiring of good optical salt gland sections and limit its applications in salt gland imaging. Freeing the glands from adjacent leaf tissues will allow better manipulations for three-dimensional imaging through confocal laser scanning microscopy.

Results: Here, we present a simple and fast method for the isolation of individual salt glands released from the interference of neighbouring cells. About 100-200 salt glands could be isolated from just one cm2 of Avicennia officinalis leaf within hours and microscopic visualization of isolated salt glands was made possible within a day. Using these isolated glands, confocal laser scanning microscopic techniques could be applied and better resolution salt gland images could be achieved. By making use of their intrinsic fluorescent properties, optical sections of the gland cells could be acquired without the use of fluorescent probes and the corresponding three-dimensional images constructed. Useful cytological information of the salt gland cells could also be obtained through the applications of fluorescent dyes (e.g., LysoTracker® Red, FM®4-64, Texas Red®).

Conclusions: The study of salt glands directly at the glandular level are made possible with the successful isolation of these specialized structures. Preparation of materials for subsequent microscopic observations of salt glands could be achieved within a day. Potential applications of confocal fluorescence microscopic techniques could also be performed using these isolated glands. Experiments designed and targeted directly at the salt glands were explored and cytological information obtained herein could be further incorporated towards the understanding of the mechanism underlying secretion in plant salt glands.

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Optical sections of an isolated salt gland of A. officinalis. Sections (A-E) were taken in the fluorescent mode to show the side views of a salt gland. Details within cells could be observed due to the green autofluorescent nature of the salt gland. Note the presence of strongly autofluorescent structures (arrows) in the middle or periphery of some secretory cells. (F) Corresponding bright-field image of (C) taken together with overlapping image recorded simultaneously in the transmission and fluorescent modes. Optical sections were taken with Zeiss LSM 510. Excitation and emission wavelengths were 488 nm (10%) and >530 nm, respectively. Bars = 5 μm.
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Figure 5: Optical sections of an isolated salt gland of A. officinalis. Sections (A-E) were taken in the fluorescent mode to show the side views of a salt gland. Details within cells could be observed due to the green autofluorescent nature of the salt gland. Note the presence of strongly autofluorescent structures (arrows) in the middle or periphery of some secretory cells. (F) Corresponding bright-field image of (C) taken together with overlapping image recorded simultaneously in the transmission and fluorescent modes. Optical sections were taken with Zeiss LSM 510. Excitation and emission wavelengths were 488 nm (10%) and >530 nm, respectively. Bars = 5 μm.

Mentions: Green autofluorescence was observed from the isolated salt glands when excited by blue light (wavelength of 488 nm). The degree of green autofluorescence of the isolated salt glands was high since excitation intensity of as low as 8-10% was sufficient to reveal a general outline of the salt gland (Figures 4 and 5). Autofluorescence of the salt glands was also intrinsically strong with no signs of photobleaching during laser scanning.


A simple, rapid method to isolate salt glands for three-dimensional visualization, fluorescence imaging and cytological studies.

Tan WK, Lim TM, Loh CS - Plant Methods (2010)

Optical sections of an isolated salt gland of A. officinalis. Sections (A-E) were taken in the fluorescent mode to show the side views of a salt gland. Details within cells could be observed due to the green autofluorescent nature of the salt gland. Note the presence of strongly autofluorescent structures (arrows) in the middle or periphery of some secretory cells. (F) Corresponding bright-field image of (C) taken together with overlapping image recorded simultaneously in the transmission and fluorescent modes. Optical sections were taken with Zeiss LSM 510. Excitation and emission wavelengths were 488 nm (10%) and >530 nm, respectively. Bars = 5 μm.
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Figure 5: Optical sections of an isolated salt gland of A. officinalis. Sections (A-E) were taken in the fluorescent mode to show the side views of a salt gland. Details within cells could be observed due to the green autofluorescent nature of the salt gland. Note the presence of strongly autofluorescent structures (arrows) in the middle or periphery of some secretory cells. (F) Corresponding bright-field image of (C) taken together with overlapping image recorded simultaneously in the transmission and fluorescent modes. Optical sections were taken with Zeiss LSM 510. Excitation and emission wavelengths were 488 nm (10%) and >530 nm, respectively. Bars = 5 μm.
Mentions: Green autofluorescence was observed from the isolated salt glands when excited by blue light (wavelength of 488 nm). The degree of green autofluorescence of the isolated salt glands was high since excitation intensity of as low as 8-10% was sufficient to reveal a general outline of the salt gland (Figures 4 and 5). Autofluorescence of the salt glands was also intrinsically strong with no signs of photobleaching during laser scanning.

Bottom Line: The study of salt glands directly at the glandular level are made possible with the successful isolation of these specialized structures.Potential applications of confocal fluorescence microscopic techniques could also be performed using these isolated glands.Experiments designed and targeted directly at the salt glands were explored and cytological information obtained herein could be further incorporated towards the understanding of the mechanism underlying secretion in plant salt glands.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, 14 Science Drive 4, 117543, Singapore. dbslohcs@nus.edu.sg.

ABSTRACT

Background: Some plants inhabiting saline environment remove salts via the salt glands embedded in the epidermal tissues. Cytological studies of salt glands will provide valuable information to our understanding of the secretory process. Previous studies on salt gland histology relied mainly on two-dimensional microscopic observations of microtome sections. Optical sectioning properties of confocal laser scanning microscope offer alternative approach for obtaining three-dimensional structural information of salt glands. Difficulty in light penetration through intact leaves and interference from neighbouring leaf cells, however, impede the acquiring of good optical salt gland sections and limit its applications in salt gland imaging. Freeing the glands from adjacent leaf tissues will allow better manipulations for three-dimensional imaging through confocal laser scanning microscopy.

Results: Here, we present a simple and fast method for the isolation of individual salt glands released from the interference of neighbouring cells. About 100-200 salt glands could be isolated from just one cm2 of Avicennia officinalis leaf within hours and microscopic visualization of isolated salt glands was made possible within a day. Using these isolated glands, confocal laser scanning microscopic techniques could be applied and better resolution salt gland images could be achieved. By making use of their intrinsic fluorescent properties, optical sections of the gland cells could be acquired without the use of fluorescent probes and the corresponding three-dimensional images constructed. Useful cytological information of the salt gland cells could also be obtained through the applications of fluorescent dyes (e.g., LysoTracker® Red, FM®4-64, Texas Red®).

Conclusions: The study of salt glands directly at the glandular level are made possible with the successful isolation of these specialized structures. Preparation of materials for subsequent microscopic observations of salt glands could be achieved within a day. Potential applications of confocal fluorescence microscopic techniques could also be performed using these isolated glands. Experiments designed and targeted directly at the salt glands were explored and cytological information obtained herein could be further incorporated towards the understanding of the mechanism underlying secretion in plant salt glands.

No MeSH data available.


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