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Hemoglobin as a probe for estimation of nitric oxide emission from plant tissues
- Singh, Neha, Bhatla, Satish C.
- Plant methods 2019 v.15 no.1 pp. 39
- ecosystems, hemoglobin, nitric oxide, plant tissues, rhizosphere, roots
- BACKGROUND: Plant roots contribute significant amount of nitric oxide (NO) in the rhizosphere as a component of NO in the ecosystem. Various pharmacological investigations on NO research in plants seek to quench endogenous NO by using externally applied NO quenchers, mainly 2-phenyl-4,4,5,5,-tetramethylimidazoline-1-oxyl 3-oxide (PTIO) and its more soluble form-carboxy-PTIO (cPTIO). Owing to serious limitations in its application cPTIO is no more a desired compound for such applications. RESULT: Present work highlights the significance of using hemoglobin in the bathing solution to not only release endogenous NO from plant tissue but also to quench it in a concentration-dependent manner. CONCLUSION: The protocol further demonstrates the diffusibility of NO from intracellular locations in presence of externally provided hemoglobin. The proposed method can have widespread applications as a substitute to debatable and currently used cPTIO as a NO scavenger.