Light and electron microscopical observations of the cells of the phloem of Cucurbita maxima have shown that two distinct types of P-protein bodies are formed: a larger type which arises as fine fibrils and a smaller type which apparently arises as groups of tubules. The tubules of the smaller type of body measure 242 ± 3.6 (SE) A (n = 48) and appear morphologically identical with the P1-protein tubules of Nicotiana tabacum L. In some of these P1-protein bodies the tubules are arranged in a regular manner with a center-to-center distance of 295 A. The P protein of the larger type of P-protein body is first apparent in the cytoplasm as small aggregates of fine fibrils. This P-protein component has been designated P3 protein. As the P3 protein accumulates it is organized into large bodies. Some of these bodies contain only P3 protein, others a tubular form of protein, and still others a combination of P3 protein and a tubular form. This variability indicates that there is a developmental sequence of the formation of tubules from the P3-protein fibrils. These tubules measure 179 ± 8.2 (SE) A (n = 31) and have been designated P4 protein.

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