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Figure S1: Overexpression of SYP31 has both an immediate and a long-term inhibitory effect on secretion. A–C) Co-electroporations of tobacco mesophyll protoplasts with plasmid DNAs encoding for α-amylase (5 μg) and HA-tagged SYP31 (5 μg) as well as control electroporations with α-amylase alone were performed over a 24-h expression period with samples being removed at the times indicated. In addition to the calculation of the secretory index (A), the total activity of α-amylase (B), the results of protein gel blotting for secreted α-amylase and the expression of the SNARE are given (C).

Figure S2: Control organelle marker signals in tobacco protoplasts. A–E) Electroporations of tobacco mesophyll protoplasts were performed as in Figure 2 but with standard marker proteins for the Golgi apparatus (A), the ER (C and E) and the plasma membrane (D). In addition, a protoplast from leaves stably expressing the Golgi marker ST–GFP is presented (B).

Figure S3: Movie showing Golgi localization of YFP–SYP31 and ST–CFP in tobacco leaf epidermis.

Figure S4: Movie showing the mobility of BFA-resistant YFP–SYP31 structures in tobacco leaf epidermis.

Figure S5: BFA resistance of SYP31 structures is independent of duration of SYP31 expression. A–E) Tobacco leaf protoplasts were electroporated with 5 μg plasmid DNA encoding for Man1–GFP (A, D and G), GFP–SYP31 (B, C, E and F) or SYP31–GFP (H and I) and observed in the CLSM after 7-h (A–D) or 24-h (E–I) expression. BFA (end concentration10 μg/mL) was added to the medium after 6-h (A–D) and 23-h (E–I) expression. Whereas the Golgi marker protein Man1–GFP is redistributed into the ER (D), the punctate fluorescent signals for GFP–SYP31 remain intact and become larger with increased expression (compare D with B and E). In the case of SYP31–GFP, BFA causes only part of the signal to move into the ER.

Figure S6: Secretion index measurements for HA-tagged SNAREs (BS14a, SEC22 and MEMB11). In agreement with the secretory index measurements for WT and YFP-tagged SNAREs, only overexpressed MEMB11 is effective in inhibiting secretion.

Figure S7: YFP–SYP81 localizes to the ER in tobacco mesophyll protoplasts. YFP–SYP81 was co-electroporated with ER markers (GFP–HDEL and calnexin–GFP). Although the YFP–SYP81 fluorescent signal was in the main punctate, the punctae were always distributed on the ER.

Table S1: SNARE sequence similarities (Tomato, Arabidopsis, Yeast and Human)

Table S2: SNARE sequence similarities (Arabidopsis, Yeast and Human)

Table S3: List of constructs used in this study together with sense and antisense oligonucleotides

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