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'Elaioplasts' identified as lipotubuloids in Althaea rosea, Funkia sieboldiana and Vanilla planifolia contain lipid bodies connected with microtubules

Kwiatkowska, Maria, Stępiński, Dariusz, Popłońska, Katarzyna, Wojtczak, Agnieszka, Polit, Justyna Teresa
Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae 2011 v.80 no.3 pp. 211-219
Alcea rosea, Ornithogalum umbellatum, Vanilla planifolia, developmental stages, elaioplasts, lipid bodies, microbodies, microtubules, mitochondria, ribosomes, tonoplast, tubulin, vacuoles
"Elaioplasts" observed in Vanilla planifolia, Funkia Sieboldiana and Althaea rosea exhibit all the features characteristic of lipotubuloids earlier described in Ornithogalum umbellatum. They are cytoplasmic domains containing aggregates of lipid bodies connected with microtubules. The immunogold technique confirmed the presence of tubulin in this domain. These structures do not have their own membranes but they are surrounded by a tonoplast at the side of a vacuole since they invaginate into it. In cytoplasm of this domain among lipid bodies there are numerous ribosomes, ER cisternae and vesicles as well as few mitochondria, Golgi structures and microbodies while at older developmental stages there are also autolytic vacuoles. The fact that they are so similar to O. umbellatum lipotubuloids suggest that "elaioplasts" of V. planifolia, F. Sieboldiana and A. rosea can also be named lipotubuloids.