The Ultrastructure Characteristics of Secretory Cavities Associated with the Secretory Products of Ginkgo biloba
Fangren Peng, Hongyan Guo, Mingzhuo Hao, Juan Guo, Yuzhen Yang, Pengpeng Tan
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The origin, development and ultrastructure of secretory cavities in leaf of Ginkgo biloba and its relation to the secretory products were studied by optical and electron microscope. The results indicated that the formation pattern of the secretory cavities was schizo-lysigenous in nature. First, some original central secretory cells in the center of secretory cavities expanded, dissolved then moved aside schizogeneously forming an intercellular space. Later the central and peripheral secretory cells continued to dissolve making the intercellular space larger. This process continued until the central secretory cells degenerated, autolyzed and separated off into cavities. It has been assumed that the secretory products in the secretory cavities of Ginkgo biloba were synthesized mainly in the plastids and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). However it was our observation that the Mitochondrion, Golgi Body and Cytoplasm were also involved in the synthesis and translocation of the secretions. After synthesized in ER and plastids, the secretory products approached the plasmalemma and fused their membranes with the latter in the form of samll vesicles, and then was eliminated to the spaces between the plasmalemma and the wall. At last the secretory products percolated through the wall that faded into an even looser mesh of fibrillar material toward the cavity.

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F. Peng, H. Guo, M. Hao, J. Guo, Y. Yang and P. Tan, "The Ultrastructure Characteristics of Secretory Cavities Associated with the Secretory Products of Ginkgo biloba," American Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2012, pp. 102-109. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2012.31010.

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