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The Casparian Strip as a Barrier to the Movement of Lanthanum in Corn Roots

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Science  15 Feb 1974:
Vol. 183, Issue 4125, pp. 670-671
DOI: 10.1126/science.183.4125.670


The effectiveness of the Casparian strip as a barrier to apoplastic movement of solutes from cortex to stele of corn roots was investigated by using lanthanum in combination with electron microscopy. Lanthanum deposits were found only in cell walls and on the outside of the plasma membrane of epidermal, cortical, and endodermal cells up to the Casparian strip. Lanthanum was completely absent from the stele, indicating that the Casparian strip provides an effective barrier to apoplastic movement of solutes. Inhibitory effects of trivalent lanthanum ions on the absorption of potassium ions are discussed in relation to the nature of the lanthanum ion binding site on membranes.