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The ALMT gene family performs multiple functions in plants


Liu, J and Zhou, M, The ALMT gene family performs multiple functions in plants, Agronomy, 8, (2) Article 20. ISSN 2073-4395 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/agronomy8020020


The aluminium activated malate transporter (ALMT) gene family is named after the first member of the family identified in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). The product of this gene controls resistance to aluminium (Al) toxicity. ALMT genes encode transmembrane proteins that function as anion channels and perform multiple functions involving the transport of organic anions (e.g., carboxylates) and inorganic anions in cells. They share a PF11744 domain and are classified in the Fusaric acid resistance protein-like superfamily, CL0307. The proteins typically have five to seven transmembrane regions in the N-terminal half and a long hydrophillic C-terminal tail but predictions of secondary structure vary. Although widely spread in plants, relatively little information is available on the roles performed by other members of this family. In this review, we summarized functions of ALMT gene families, including Al resistance, stomatal function, mineral nutrition, microbe interactions, fruit acidity, light response and seed development.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Al tolerance, review, ALMT gene family, anion channels, aluminium resistance, stomatal function
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Grains and seeds
Objective Field:Barley
UTAS Author:Liu, J (Mrs Jie Liu)
UTAS Author:Zhou, M (Professor Meixue Zhou)
ID Code:125789
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-05-05
Last Modified:2019-03-21
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