The 31P NMR spectra of germinating maize seeds showed a single broad resonance that shifted its position as germination proceeded (studied between 0 and 10 days). The resonance was shown to originate from the phosphate groups of phytine (Mg2+, Ca2+ and K+ salt of myoinositol hexakisphosphate) in a subcellular compartment of the embryo scutellar cells. A series of calibration curves for the chemical shift dependence of the phytate resonance in the presence of Mg2+ and Ca2+ were constructed. These calibration curves allowed us to determine that an acidification of the phytate containing compartment in the seed embryo takes place, reaching a minimum at about pH 4 after three days of germination. This acidification could be important in allowing phytate solubilization for export to growing parts of the maize seedling.
|Journal||Cellular and Molecular Biology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1997|