(E) Estimation of needle cross-sectional area by a point counting method using the Point Grid module in Ellipse software (F) Two frames showing the subsequent acquisition of series for counting mesophyll cells. RM Wang Stettler The number of chloroplasts in mesophyll cells were decreased by 20.93% and 11.59% for DH605 and ZD958, respectively, after waterlogging for 3 d at V3, and decreased by 32.50% and 40.63% after waterlogging for 6 d compared to that of CK, respectively. Janáček Iqbal GB All our practical and theoretical tests thus clearly showed that the frequently used method for chloroplast number estimation by counting profiles of particles from 2D sections (e. g. Boffey et al., 1979; Sam et al., 2003; Wang et al., 2004; Hayashida et al., 2005; Teng et al., 2006; Gopi et al., 2008) yielded biased estimates and that the results may be one order of magnitude different from the real chloroplast numbers. JV We propose this method as a universal unbiased one. Why are chloroplasts green? Tissue JE Sari Eder Urban (A) Scheme of the disector probe with chloroplasts. The Ellipse Disector module (Tomori et al., 2001) enables application of a virtual 3D probe to the stack of serial optical sections. Niinemets Well-established methods for estimation of the chloroplast number per cell previously used in two-dimensional (2D) space are based on: (i) counting chloroplasts in stomatal guard cells in epidermal peels, (ii) determining the number of chloroplasts in flattened mesophyll cells after maceration, and (iii) counting profiles of chloroplasts in leaf sections. McCully Mesophyll Cells & Chloroplasts Bundle Sheath Cells & Chloroplasts; 1: Mesophyll chloroplasts are comparatively smaller. In the bundle sheath cells carbon dioxide is fixed by the enzyme RuBisCO. Robertson Bockers M In the present study, sample preparation and image acquisition were carefully designed according to the principle of SUR sampling (Gundersen and Jensen, 1987). Šprtová The 3D model also showed that neglecting the 3D appearance of the cell led to the underestimation of the number of chloroplasts (Fig. 2. Itoh 3). J . . J What are Bundle Sheath Cells? . Counting chloroplast profiles in 2D yielded values of chloroplast number per cell that were 10 times underestimated in comparison with the mean number of chloroplasts estimated by the unbiased disector method in 3D. S Our test showed that the average number of chloroplasts estimated by profile counting was more than 10 times underestimated in comparison with the real number of chloroplasts in the model. Sellden MJ . Tomori I 2007), but to our knowledge it has never been used for chloroplast number estimation. Pyke SM Luciano Marek at first, cells were counted by the disector with the reference plane and look-up planes in the positions shown in Fig. J The acquired images were analysed using Ellipse software (ViDiTo, Košice, Slovakia, http://www.ellipse.sk/, last accessed 21 November 2013), which offers special modules for stereological measurements. The methods of chloroplast counting in 2D and 3D thus yielded estimates of the chloroplast number per mesophyll cell that were different by one order of magnitude. Chloroplasts labelled by crosses are not counted by any of the three probes shown here, but they would be unambiguously sampled by adjacent hypothetical probes. 5E), forming layers of tightly connected mesophyll cells surrounded by intercellular spaces (Supplementary Videos S1 and Supplementary Data, Supplementary Fig. Lightfoot J 2: Mesophyll cells are thin walled and gas permeable cells. Thus, a proper design of sampling leaf segments for an analysis is crucial to obtain unbiased results. RD Essentially, mesophyll cells are highly differentiated cells that make up the mesophyll layer found in plant leaves. PS (B) Histochemical lignin detection in cell walls (pink) of mesophyll cells using a phloroglucinol/HCl test (O’Brian and McCully, 1981). Takio ER Determining the chloroplast number per cell in 3D reconstructions made from a series of confocal microscope images (Mozafari et al., 1997; Dinkins et al., 2001; Coate et al., 2012; Xu et al., 2012) can yield an unbiased estimate if SUR sampling is applied and a sufficient number of cells is analysed. Marsaglia in this mini-review, we highlight the cell-specific disposition of chloroplasts in C 4 (This figure is available in colour at JXBV online.). There is great variability between species as well as plasticity within a species in response to growth environment, particularly growth irradiance. We applied, for the first time, the stereological method of an optical disector based on counting chloroplasts in stacks of spruce needle optical cross-sections acquired by confocal laser-scanning microscopy. As much as one-fifth of the mesophyll is composed of chlorophyll-containing chloroplasts, which absorb sunlight and, in conjunction with certain enzymes, use the radiant energy in decomposing water into its elements, GR RM A double disector (Gundersen, 1986) was used: the probe was used in both directions, i.e. . A review of the previously reported results on the number of chloroplasts per mesophyll cell with focus on the method used is presented in Supplementary Table S1 at JXB online. Abak The number of chloroplasts varied from eight to 10 chloroplasts per cell, based on counting chloroplast profiles in thin sections (Teng et al., 2006; Jin et al., 2011), to more than 100 chloroplasts per cell if the number was determined by the maceration method (Pyke and Leech, 1992; Marrison et al., 1999), or even more than 200 (Meyer et al., 2006). We made 111 sections through the cell model and counted profiles in each section. Hiwatashi Fojtík Update: Thank You ATP-Man! XX current-year needles were collected from crowns of 18-year-old trees planted on an experimental site of the Global Change Research Centre, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic, the Bílý Kříž in Moravskoslezské Beskydy mountains, in 2004 (Urban et al., 2001). 5) do not correspond to in vivo chloroplast arrangement; however, they illustrate well the size of Norway spruce mesophyll cells, their variable and irregular shape, as well as the number and size of chloroplasts within a cell. Chloroplasts lying within this block or intersecting its planes are counted, except those intersecting the exclusion planes. cell chloroplasts to stomatal opening. Hasebe TP EB . KZ MV T Panneerselvam Leng 3 Teng (Xu et al., 2012), and Glycine dolichocarpa Tateishi and H. Ohashi (Coate et al., 2012). Baer EJ XQ Kubínová Kubínová Xu (A) Anatomical structure of a Norway spruce needle in a cross-section. In addition, LAT‐B induced aberrant aggregation of chloroplasts in the mesophyll and bundle sheath cells. 2B), as proved in a histochemical study by Soukupová et al. In each position, 20 µm thick stacks comprising 41 serial optical sections 0.5 µm apart were acquired using a plan apochromatic 63× water-immersion objective (NA 1.2) with zoom 2× and resolution 512×512 pixels (119×119 µm) (Fig. MJ Dean Effect of autopolyploidy in sugar beets, Ploidy effects in isogenic populations of alfalfa. JL The positions of chloroplasts do not correspond to the in vivo state. The anti-Rubisco (von Caemmerer et al. Hirose NS JR The spongy mesophyll also allows the plant to bend and move in the wind, which itself helps move gases around the leaf's cells. R A Autofluorescence of chlorophyll in chloroplasts was detected in the red channel and autofluorescence of phenolics was detected in the green channel. Letters indicate the position of section planes in (H). Gopi . For maceration of needle mesophyll samples, in order to count chloroplasts directly in separated cells, different methods were tested: a 1M aqueous solution of HCl (Possingham and Saurer, 1969); a 3.5% aqueous solution of glutaraldehyde and 0.1M aqueous solution of Na2EDTA (Boffey et al., 1979); and a solution of 10% aqueous CrO3 and 10% aqueous HNO3 (O’Brian and McCully, 1981). C Nevertheless, sampling design is crucial for yielding unbiased results, as anatomical gradients within a leaf blade were demonstrated also for the number of chloroplasts per cell (Dean and Leech, 1982). (This figure is available in colour at JXB online. HJG Katoh if the 3D space is filled in by the spatial mosaic of the shifted copies of the disector probe and each particle in the space is sampled by one and only one shifted copy of the 3D sampling probe (Fig. 1 Answer. It can be influenced by internal factor… Chloroplast counting using the virtual 3D disector probe. The chloroplasts of arc6 are 20-fold larger than wild-type chloroplasts.Chloroplast division is almost certainly precluded in arc6 mesophyll cells, since chloroplast number per cell does not increase during mesophyll cell expansion. The mesophyll cell (MC) chloroplasts are 5-6 PM in diameter with little or no starch. To verify our hypothesis, we compared 2D and 3D approaches to chloroplast counting (i) in practical measurements of mesophyll cells of Norway spruce needles, (ii) in a 3D model of a mesophyll cell with chloroplasts, and (iii) by a theoretical analysis. T The average number of chloroplasts per mesophyll cell estimated by profile counting in 2D was 20.92±1.32, while the average number of chloroplasts estimated by the disector probe in 3D was 10 times higher, i.e. J L O . Janáček Lhotáková Tholen The plant cells which contain chloroplasts are usually parenchyma cells, though chloroplasts can also be found in collenchyma tissue. J . The contribution of mesophyll cells to stomatal opening is also under debate. T The number of chloroplasts per mesophyll cell can be calculated by: Instead of direct counting of N, it could be estimated by estimations of densities : obtained by stereological methods. Chen A model of a simplified mesophyll cell with 210 chloroplasts was made in the Cortona software (Fig. Several stacks were acquired in each cross-section to cover its whole area; altogether, 157 stacks were acquired. Chloroplast counting in separated mesophyll cells after leaf maceration (e.g. Tymms The exclusion planes in this scheme are represented by the dark planes and the transparent front plane (all bordered by a full line): the bottom KLMN (so-called look-up plane), KNRO, KLPO, and half-planes PLS and RNT. In order to obtain comparable results by 2D and 3D methods, we calculated the chloroplast number per cell in each needle cross-section (68 in total) by both methods. Teng TG Krekule G Counted particles are those within the probe not intersecting the exclusion planes: point, counted particle; cross, particle is not counted. In A. thaliana mesophyll cells, the intracellular arrangement of chloroplasts was disordered when actin filaments, which form a basket-like array around the chloroplasts, were disrupted by the actin-depolymerizing reagent (Kandasamy and Meagher 1999). Based on the above-presented lines of evidence, we conclude that the presented optical disector method for chloroplast counting, using stacks of confocal microscopic images acquired from thick tissue sections accompanied by SUR sampling, is a very efficient method for estimating chloroplast number per mesophyll cell. Hanba S J Mesophyll cells contain chloroplasts and have an irregular shape with lobed anticlinal cell walls and are prolonged in the direction perpendicular to the needle surface (Fig. LM S1 at JXB online). 3A, and then additional cells were counted by the disector with the reference plane set to the position of the former look-up plane and vice versa. BN Compare the number of chloroplast in the cells of the palisade mesophyll with the number in the cells of spongy mesophyll? Marrison There are more in the palisade cells than in the spongy mesophyll. We compared 2D and 3D approaches to chloroplast counting from different points of view: (i) in practical measurements of mesophyll cells of Norway spruce needles, (ii) in a 3D model of a mesophyll cell with chloroplasts, and (iii) using a theoretical analysis. Qin All green parts of a plant contain chloroplasts—the chloroplasts, or more specifically, the chlorophyll in them are what make the photosynthetic parts of a plant green. . The height of the disector probe was 10 μm, placed in the middle of captured stacks, i.e. Chloroplasts are important organelles of plant photosynthesizing cells as loci where the photosynthetic processes take place. Numerous maceration methods were tested in order to count chloroplasts directly in separated spruce mesophyll cells. Your comment will be reviewed and published at the journal's discretion. Mean chloroplast number per cell increases with ploidy level as mean cell size increases. . While using the optical disector method for chloroplast counting, an important consideration that a mesophyll cell is a 3D structure is taken into account. The optical disector probe (Sterio, 1984, Gundersen, 1986) represents a virtual 3D block with three exclusion planes (Fig. CO2 concentration (Wang et al., 2004; Teng et al., 2006). For full access to this pdf, sign in to an existing account, or purchase an annual subscription. EK L For example, the extreme variability can be seen in the number of chloroplasts in Arabidopsis mesophyll cells estimated by various methods. chloroplast (arc) mutants used in this study have between Mesophyll tissue forms the bulk of the leaf. J This should be the method of choice, especially in coniferous needles and leaves with mesophyll cells with lignified cell walls where maceration methods are difficult or impossible to use. 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