Pinocytosis and Membrane Dilation in Uranyl-Treated Plant Roots

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Science  08 Jan 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3966, pp. 68-71
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3966.68


Electron-dense crystals formed in plant roots exposed to uranyl acetate have been used to identify binding sites and to follow the pinocytotic uptake of uranyl in the oat rootcap. Before uranyl enters the protoplast, the plasmalemma is greatly dilated. After uranyl is sequestered in vacuoles, the tonoplast is similarly dilated.

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