TITLE

Mitochondrial involvement in tracheary element programmed cell death

AUTHOR(S)
Yu, X.-H.; Perdue, T.D.; Heimer, Y.M.; Jones, A.M.
PUB. DATE
February 2002
SOURCE
Cell Death & Differentiation;Feb2002, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p189
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The mitochondria pathway is regarded as a central component of some types of programmed cell death (PCB) in animal cells where specific signals cause the release of cytochrome c from mitochondria to trigger a proteolytic cascade involving caspases. However, plant cells lack canonical caspases, therefore a role for the mitochondria in programmed cell death in plant cells is not obvious. Using plant cells which terminally differentiate, we provide evidence supporting the involvement of mitochondria in PCD, however the release of cytochrome c is insufficient to trigger the PCB. Prior to execution of cellular autolysis initiated by the rupture of the large central vacuole to release sequestered hydrolases, mitochondria adopt a definable morphology, the inner membrane depolarizes prior to death, and cytochrome c is released from mitochondria. However, PCD can be blocked despite translocation of cytochrome c. These results suggest a role for the mitochondria in this PCD but do not support the current animal model for a causative role of cytochrome c in triggering PCD.
ACCESSION #
8648806

 

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