Distribution of pectin and arabinogalactan protein epitopes during organogenesis from androgenic callus of wheat
The distribution of several arabinogalactan protein and pectic epitopes were studied during organogenesis in androgenic callus of wheat. In cell wall of mature and degenerating parenchyma cells, the arabinogalactan epitopes JIM4, JIM14, JIM16 or LM2 were expressed differently according to the cells location. LM2 was observed also in meristematic cells of regenerated shoot buds and leaves. Anti-pectin JIM7 labelled the wall of meristematic cells but fluorescence was strongest in outer walls of surface cells of callus and shoot buds coated by extracellular matrix surface network (ECMSN). During leaves growth the ECMSN disappeared, and JIM7 fluorescence decreased. JIM5 epitope was abundant in the cell walls lining the intercellular spaces of callus parenchyma and in tricellular junctions within regenerated buds and leaves.