1 January 2012 The Role of Aquaporins in Water Balance in Cheilanthes lanosa (Adiantaceae) Gametophytes
Hope L. Diamond, Heather R. Jones, Lucinda J. Swatzell
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Aquaporins are transmembrane proteins that move water specifically and bidirectionally in response to internal cell signaling. With aquaporins, plant cells can control how, where, and when water moves across membranes. Thus, plants are in strong control of their environmental responses. Therefore, it seems likely that aquaporins would have a key role in water balance in xerophytic ferns, particularly in the gametophyte stage. To investigate the role of aquaporins in desiccation avoidance in xerophytic ferns gametophytes, Cheilanthes lanosa gametophytes were poisoned with micromolar mercury solutions, which block aquaporin channels, exposed to several osmolytes, and quantified the efflux of water from the cells was quantified. Results strongly suggest that aquaporins may very well play a role in water balance, but also pose some questions concerning the ability of the protonemal stage to fully manage water flow.

Hope L. Diamond, Heather R. Jones, and Lucinda J. Swatzell "The Role of Aquaporins in Water Balance in Cheilanthes lanosa (Adiantaceae) Gametophytes," American Fern Journal 102(1), 11-31, (1 January 2012). https://doi.org/10.1640/0002-8444-102.1.11
Published: 1 January 2012
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