International Journal of Genomics

International Journal of Genomics / 2002 / Article

Conference Review | Open Access

Volume 3 |Article ID 213014 |

Ben Trevaskis, Gillian Colebatch, Guilhem Desbrosses, Maren Wandrey, Stefanie Wienkoop, Gerhard Saalbach, Michael Udvardi, "Differentiation of Plant Cells During Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation", International Journal of Genomics, vol. 3, Article ID 213014, 7 pages, 2002.

Differentiation of Plant Cells During Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation

Received11 Feb 2002
Accepted12 Feb 2002


Nitrogen-fixing symbioses between legumes and bacteria of the family Rhizobiaceae involve differentiation of both plant and bacterial cells. Differentiation of plant root cells is required to build an organ, the nodule, which can feed and accommodate a large population of bacteria under conditions conducive to nitrogen fixation. An efficient vascular system is built to connect the nodule to the root, which delivers sugars and other nutrients to the nodule and removes the products of nitrogen fixation for use in the rest of the plant. Cells in the outer cortex differentiate to form a barrier to oxygen diffusion into nodules, which helps to produce the micro-aerobic environment necessary for bacterial nitrogenase activity. Cells of the central, infected zone of nodules undergo multiple rounds of endoreduplication, which may be necessary for colonisation by rhizobia and may enable enlargement and greater metabolic activity of these cells. Infected cells of the nodule contain rhizobia within a unique plant membrane called the peribacteroid or symbiosome membrane, which separates the bacteria from the host cell cytoplasm and mediates nutrient and signal exchanges between the partners. Rhizobia also undergo differentiation during nodule development. Not surprisingly, perhaps, differentiation of each partner is dependent upon interactions with the other. High-throughput methods to assay gene transcripts, proteins, and metabolites are now being used to explore further the different aspects of plant and bacterial differentiation. In this review, we highlight recent advances in our understanding of plant cell differentiation during nodulation that have been made, at least in part, using high-throughput methods.

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