The freeze-fracture morphology of the plasma membrane of cells and isolated protoplasts of plant callus suspensions has been investigated. Plasmolysis of suspension cells leads to the formation of 2 types of hexagonal arrays of intramembrane particles situated on the inner fracture face (PF). These arrays are interpreted as proteins that have ‘crystallized’ in the plane of the membrane as the area of surrounding lipid bilayer is reduced during protoplast retraction from the cell wall. Time-course studies have revealed no positive relationship between the distribution of hexagonal arrays and the occurrence of microfibrils regenerated around isolated protoplasts during periods of culture. No evidence for the specialized transport functions attributed to hexagonal arrays of plant cells by previous workers has been found.

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