Signaling on the stigma: Potential new roles for ROS and NO in plant cell signaling
Hiscock, S. J., Bright, J., McInnis, S. M., Desikan, R. and Hancock, J. T. (2007) Signaling on the stigma: Potential new roles for ROS and NO in plant cell signaling. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 2 (1). pp. 23-24. ISSN 1559-2316
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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species, particularly NO, are key components of diverse signaling networks in animals and plants. We have recently shown that epidermal cells of stigmas from a range of different angiosperms accumulate relatively large amounts of ROS, principally H2O2, whereas pollen produces NO. Importantly, ROS/H2O2 levels appeared reduced in stigma cells supporting developing pollen grains compared to cells without pollen grains attached. To explore a possible link between pollen NO production and reduced levels of stigmatic ROS/H2O2, we supplied stigmas with NO and observed an overall reduction in levels of stigmatic ROS/H2O2. These new and unexpected data suggest a potential new signaling role for ROS/H2O2 and NO in pollen-stigma recognition processes.