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Modulation of ion transport across plant membranes by polyamines: understanding specific modes of action under stress


Pottosin, I and Olivas-Aguirre, M and Dobrovinskaya, O and Zepeda-Jazo, I and Shabala, S, Modulation of ion transport across plant membranes by polyamines: understanding specific modes of action under stress, Frontiers in Plant Science, 11 Article 616077. ISSN 1664-462X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3389/fpls.2020.616077


This work critically discusses the direct and indirect effects of natural polyamines and their catabolites such as reactive oxygen species and γ-aminobutyric acid on the activity of key plant ion-transporting proteins such as plasma membrane H+ and Ca2+ ATPases and K+-selective and cation channels in the plasma membrane and tonoplast, in the context of their involvement in stress responses. Docking analysis predicts a distinct binding for putrescine and longer polyamines within the pore of the vacuolar TPC1/SV channel, one of the key determinants of the cell ionic homeostasis and signaling under stress conditions, and an additional site for spermine, which overlaps with the cytosolic regulatory Ca2+-binding site. Several unresolved problems are summarized, including the correct estimates of the subcellular levels of polyamines and their catabolites, their unexplored effects on nucleotide-gated and glutamate receptor channels of cell membranes and Ca2+-permeable and K+-selective channels in the membranes of plant mitochondria and chloroplasts, and pleiotropic mechanisms of polyamines’ action on H+ and Ca2+ pumps.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:abiotic stress, Ca2+ ATPase, polyamine, vacuole, TPC1, H+ ATPase, ion channel, organelle
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Other plant production and plant primary products
Objective Field:Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shabala, S (Professor Sergey Shabala)
ID Code:147852
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2021-11-18
Last Modified:2022-04-07
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