Callose is a plant polysaccharide. Its production is due to the glucan synthase-like gene (GLS) in various places within a plant. It is produced to act as a temporary cell wall in response to stimuli such as stress or damage.[1] Callose is composed of glucose residues linked together through β-1,3-linkages, and is termed a β-glucan. It is thought to be manufactured at the cell wall by callose synthases and is degraded by β-1,3-glucanases. Callose is very important for the permeability of plasmodesmata (Pd) in plants; the plant’s permeability is regulated by plasmodesmata callose (PDC). PDC is made by callose synthases and broken down by β-1,3-glucanases (BGs). The amount of callose that is built up at the plasmodesmatal neck, which is brought about by the interference of callose synthases (CalSs) and β-1,3-glucanases, determines the conductivity of the plasmodesmata.[2]

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Formation and functionEdit

Callose is laid down at plasmodesmata, at the cell plate during cytokinesis, and during pollen development. Callose is produced in response to wounding, infection by pathogens,[3] aluminium, and abscisic acid. When there is wounding in the plant tissue, it is fixed by the deposition of callose at the plasmodesmata and cell wall; this process happens within minutes after damage. Even though callose is not a constitutional component of the plant’s cell wall, it is related to the plant’s defense mechanism.[4] Deposits often appear on the sieve plates at the end of the growing season.[5] Callose also forms immediately around the developing meiocytes and tetrads of sexually reproducing angiosperms but is not found in related apomictic taxa.[6] Callose deposition at the cell wall has been suggested as an early marker for direct somatic embryogenesis from cortical and epidermal cells of Cichorium hybrids.[7] Temporary callose walls are also thought to be a barrier between a cell and its environment, while the cell is undergoing a genetic programming that allows it to differentiate.[8] This is because, callose walls can be found around nucellar embryos during Nucellar embryony.[9]

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  6. ^ Carman JG, Crane CF, Riera-Lizarazu O (1991). "Comparative Histology of Cell Walls during Meiotic and Apomeiotic Megasporogenesis in Two Hexaploid Australasian Elymus Species". Crop Science. 31 (6): 1527. doi:10.2135/cropsci1991.0011183X003100060029x.
  7. ^ Dubois T, Guedira M, Dubois J, Vasseur J (May 1990). "Direct Somatic Embryogenesis in Roots of Cichorium: Is Callose an Early Marker?". Annals of Botany. 65 (5): 539–545. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.aob.a087967.
  8. ^ Tucker MR, Paech NA, Willemse MT, Koltunow AM (2001). "Dynamics of callose deposition and ß-1, 3-glucanase expression during reproductive events in sexual and apomictic Hieracium". Planta. 212: 487–498. doi:10.1007/s004250000445.
  9. ^ Gupta P, Shivanna KR, Mohan Ram HY (1996). "Apomixis and polyembryony in the guggul plant, Commiphora wightii". Ann Bot. 78: 67–72. doi:10.1006/anbo.1996.0097.