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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-53841

Song, W-Y; Choi, K-S; Alexis, D A; Martinoia, E; Lee, Y (2011). Brassica juncea plant cadmium resistance 1 protein (BjPCR1) facilitates the radial transport of calcium in the root. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 108(49):19808-19813.

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Calcium (Ca) is an important structural component of plant cell walls and an intracellular messenger in plants and animals. Therefore, plants tightly control the balance of Ca by regulating Ca uptake and its transfer from cell to cell and organ to organ. Here, we propose that Brassica juncea PCR1 (PCR1), a member of the plant cadmium resistance (PCR) protein family in Indian mustard, is a Ca(2+) efflux transporter that is required for the efficient radial transfer of Ca(2+) in the root and is implicated in the translocation of Ca to the shoot. Knock-down lines of BjPCR1 were greatly stunted and translocated less Ca to the shoot than did the corresponding WT. The localization of BjPCR1 to the plasma membrane and the preferential expression of BjPCR1 in the root epidermal cells of WT plants suggest that BjPCR1 antisense plants could not efficiently transfer Ca(2+) from the root epidermis to the cells located inside the root. Protoplasts isolated from BjPCR1 antisense lines had lower Ca(2+) efflux activity than did those of the WT, and membrane vesicles isolated from BjPCR1-expressing yeast exhibited increased Ca(2+) transport activity. Inhibitor studies, together with theoretical considerations, indicate that BjPCR1 exports one Ca(2+) in exchange for three protons. Root hair-specific expression of BjPCR1 in Arabidopsis results in plants that exhibit increased Ca(2+) resistance and translocation. In conclusion, our data support the hypothesis that BjPCR1 is an exporter required for the translocation of Ca(2+) from the root epidermis to the inner cells, and ultimately to the shoot.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
Dewey Decimal Classification:580 Plants (Botany)
Deposited On:03 Jan 2012 18:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:18
Publisher:National Academy of Sciences
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Publisher DOI:10.1073/pnas.1104905108
PubMed ID:22089235

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