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Modulation of plant TPC channels by polyunsaturated fatty acids


Gutla, Paul Vijay Kanth; Boccaccio, Anna; De Angeli, Alexis; Gambale, Franco; Carpaneto, Armando (2012). Modulation of plant TPC channels by polyunsaturated fatty acids. Journal of Experimental Botany, 63(17):6187-6197.

Abstract

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are powerful modulators of several animal ion channels. It is shown here that PUFAs strongly affect the activity of the Slow Vacuolar (SV) channel encoded by the plant TPC1 gene. The patch-clamp technique was applied to isolated vacuoles from carrot taproots and Arabidopsis thaliana mesophyll cells and arachidonic acid (AA) was chosen as a model molecule for PUFAs. Our study was extended to different PUFAs including the endogenous alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The addition of micromolar concentrations of AA reversibly inhibited the SV channel decreasing the maximum open probability and shifting the half activation voltage to positive values. Comparing the effects of different PUFAs, it was found that the length of the lipophilic acyl chain, the number of double bonds and the polar head were critical for channel modulation.The experimental data can be reproduced by a simple three-state model, in which PUFAs do not interact directly with the voltage sensors but affect the voltage-independent transition that leads the channel from the open state to the closed configuration. The results indicate that lipids play an important role in co-ordinating ion channel activities similar to what is known from animal cells

Abstract

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are powerful modulators of several animal ion channels. It is shown here that PUFAs strongly affect the activity of the Slow Vacuolar (SV) channel encoded by the plant TPC1 gene. The patch-clamp technique was applied to isolated vacuoles from carrot taproots and Arabidopsis thaliana mesophyll cells and arachidonic acid (AA) was chosen as a model molecule for PUFAs. Our study was extended to different PUFAs including the endogenous alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The addition of micromolar concentrations of AA reversibly inhibited the SV channel decreasing the maximum open probability and shifting the half activation voltage to positive values. Comparing the effects of different PUFAs, it was found that the length of the lipophilic acyl chain, the number of double bonds and the polar head were critical for channel modulation.The experimental data can be reproduced by a simple three-state model, in which PUFAs do not interact directly with the voltage sensors but affect the voltage-independent transition that leads the channel from the open state to the closed configuration. The results indicate that lipids play an important role in co-ordinating ion channel activities similar to what is known from animal cells

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Physiology
Life Sciences > Plant Science
Language:English
Date:1 October 2012
Deposited On:22 Nov 2018 16:24
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:51
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0022-0957
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/ers272
PubMed ID:23105130

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