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Salinity-induced ion flux patterns from the excised roots of Arabidopsis sos mutants


Shabala, L and Cuin, TA and Newman, IA and Shabala, SN, Salinity-induced ion flux patterns from the excised roots of Arabidopsis sos mutants, Planta, 222, (6) pp. 1041-1050. ISSN 0032-0935 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00425-005-0074-2


The SOS signal-transduction pathway is known to be important for ion homeostasis and salt tolerance in plants. However, there is a lack of in planta electrophysiological data about how the changes in signalling and ion transport activity are integrated at the cellular and tissue level. In this study, using the non-invasive ion flux MIFE technique, we compared net K+, H + and Na+ fluxes from elongation and mature root zones of Arabidopsis wild type Columbia and sos mutants. Our results can be summarised as follows: (1) SOS mutations affect the function of the entire root, not just the root apex; (2) SOS signalling pathway is highly branched; (3) Na+ effects on SOS1 may by-pass the SOS2/SOS3 complex in the root apex; (4) SOS mutation affects H+ transport even in the absence of salt stress; (5) SOS1 mutation affects intracellular K+ homeostasis with a plasma membrane depolarisation-activated outward-rectifying K+ channel being a likely target; (6) H+ pump also may be a target of SOS signalling. We provide an improved model of SOS signalling and discuss physiological mechanisms underlying salt stress perception and signalling in plants. Our work shows that in planta studies are essential for understanding the functional genomics of plant salt tolerance. © Springer-Verlag 2005.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture biochemistry and physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable plant production
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shabala, L (Associate Professor Lana Shabala)
UTAS Author:Cuin, TA (Dr Tracey Cuin)
UTAS Author:Newman, IA (Dr Ian Newman)
UTAS Author:Shabala, SN (Professor Sergey Shabala)
ID Code:36554
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:188
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-05-04

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