Molecular mechanisms of phosphate and sulphate transport in plants

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Smith, F. W., Rae, A. L. and Hawkesford, M. J. 2000. Molecular mechanisms of phosphate and sulphate transport in plants. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes. 1465 (1-2), pp. 236-245.

AuthorsSmith, F. W., Rae, A. L. and Hawkesford, M. J.

The application of molecular techniques in recent years has advanced our understanding of phosphate and sulphate transport processes in plants. Genes encoding phosphate and sulphate transporters have been isolated from a number of plant species. The transporters encoded by these genes are related to the major facilitator superfamily of proteins. They are predicted to contain 12 membrane-spanning domains and function as H+/ or H+/ cotransporters. Both high-affinity and low-affinity types have been identified. Most research has concentrated on genes that encode transporters expressed in roots. The expression of many of these genes is transcriptionally regulated by signals that respond to the nutrient status of the plant. Nutrient demand and the availability of precursors needed in the assimilatory pathways also regulate transcription of some of these genes. Information on the cell types in which phosphate and sulphate transporters are expressed is becoming available. These data, together with functional characterisation of the transporters, are enabling the roles of various transporters in the overall phosphate and sulphate nutrition of plants to be defined.

KeywordsPhosphate transport; Sulfate transport; Ion transporter; Mineral nutrition
Year of Publication2000
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes
Journal citation1465 (1-2), pp. 236-245
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as bronze (free) open access
Funder project or code442
Project: 014145
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Publication dates
Online30 Mar 2000
Publication process dates
Accepted01 Dec 1999

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