GUS Staining of Guard Cells to Identify Localised Guard Cell Gene Expression

Liu, Z.; Wang, W.; Zhang, C-Guang.; Zhao, J-Feng.; Chen, Y-Ling.

Bio-Protocol 7(14):E2446


ISSN/ISBN: 2331-8325
PMID: 34541146
Accession: 071811246

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Determination of a gene expression in guard cells is essential for studying stomatal movements. GUS staining is one means of detecting the localization of a gene expression in guard cells. If a gene is specially expressed in guard cells, the whole cotyledons or rosette leaf can be used for GUS staining. However, if a gene is expressed in both mesophyll and guard cells, it is hard to exhibit a clear expression of the gene in guard cells by a GUS staining image from leaf. To gain a clear guard cell GUS image of small G protein ROP7, a gene expressed in both mesophyll and guard cells, we peeled the epidermal strips from the leaf of 3-4 week-old plants. After removing the mesophyll cells, the epidermal strips were used for GUS staining. We compared the GUS staining images from epidermal strips or leaf of small G protein ROP7 and RopGEF4, a gene specifically expressed in guard cells, and found that GUS staining of epidermal strips provided a good method to show the guard cell expression of a gene expressed in both mesophyll and guard cells. This protocol is applicable for any genes that are expressed in guard cells of Arabidopsis, or other plants that epidermal strips can be easily peeled from the leaf.