The surface periplast component of the protist Komma caudata (Cryptophyceae) self-assembles from a secreted high-molecular-mass polypeptide

L. Perasso, M. Ludwig, R. Wetherbee

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Abstract

The cell covering of the cryptomonad Komma caudata (Geitler) Hill is a trilaminar structure consisting of a surface periplast component (SPC) and an inner periplast component (IPC) that sandwich the plasma membrane. In order to investigate the development of the periplast, we have raised monoclonal antibodies against the cell surface of K. caudata. Immunoblot analyses using one of these antibodies, K1/D. 10, showed that it labeled a high-molecular-mass polypeptide. Immunofluorescence and pre- and post-embedding immunogold labeling studies demonstrated that the antibody recognized sites on the cell surface corresponding to the SPC plates and another K. caudata cell surface component, the rosulate scales. Labeling was also detected on surface domains devoid of periplast, namely the vestibular/gullet region of the cell. Post-embedding immunocytochemistry revealed that intracellular sites labeled with K1/D.10 included the Golgi apparatus and its associated vesicles. We propose that the subunits of the K. caudata cell covering are antigenically related molecules and that they self-assemble on the cell surface after secretion via the endomembrane system and deployment at the vestibular/gullet region or, in dividing cells, the cytokinetic furrow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-197
Number of pages12
JournalProtoplasma
Volume200
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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