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Fast-activating Channel Controls Cation Fluxes across the Native Chloroplast Envelope


Pottosin, II and Muniz, J and Shabala, SN, Fast-activating Channel Controls Cation Fluxes across the Native Chloroplast Envelope, Journal of Membrane Biology, 204, (3) pp. 145-156. ISSN 0022-2631 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s002323-005-0758-3


A prerequisite for photosynthetic CO2 fixation is the maintenance of alkaline pH in the stroma. This is achieved by H+ pumping from the stroma to the cytosol, electrically balanced by an influx of cations through some unidentified non-selective envelope channels. In this study, the patch-clamp technique was applied to isolated Pisum sativum L. (pea) chloroplasts, and a fast-activating chloroplast cation (FACC) channel was discovered in the native envelope. This channel opens within a few milliseconds upon voltage steps to large positive or negative potentials. Remarkably, the single-channel conductance increased fivefold, from ∼40 pS to ∼200 pS (symmetric 250 mM KCl), upon a potential change from zero to ± 200 mV. The FACC channel conducts all physiologically essential inorganic cations (K+, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+) with little preference. An increase of stromal pH from 7.3 to 8.0, mimicking dark-light transition, caused about a 2-fold decrease of the FACC channel activity within a physiologically relevant potential range. The FACC channel was completely and irreversibly blocked by Gd3+. Based on the estimated transport capacity of the whole chloroplast population of FACC channels together with the envelope H+-ATPases, these channels can mediate electroneutral K +/H+ exchange across the envelope, enabling stroma alkalinization, thereby allowing an optimal photosynthetic performance. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 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, SN (Professor Sergey Shabala)
ID Code:36556
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-05-04

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