Plant transporters

Definition

Plant transporters are molecules, frequently proteins, specialized for transporting water, food, wastes and other materials within plants.

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    GABA, a major brain neurotransmitter, was known to be important in plant development and stress responses. The discovery of an anion channel inhibited by GABA in wheat confirms its signalling role, indicating a convergent similarity between plants and animals.

    • Viktor Žárský
    Nature Plants 1, 15115
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    Ascorbate is synthesized in mitochondria but needed in chloroplasts. Identification of a transporter bridging the chloroplast envelope membranes that separate cell cytoplasm from chloroplast stroma reveals a connection between ascorbate transport and cellular redox homeostasis.

    • Christine H. Foyer
    Nature Plants 1, 14012
  • News and Views |

    The nitrate transporter NRT1.1 is a versatile plasma-membrane protein that mediates not only nitrate uptake in roots, but also nitrate sensing and signalling. A study of the structural features of NRT1.1 reveals how this protein can coordinate a range of physiological and morphological responses to nitrate.

    • Ricardo F. H. Giehl
    •  & Nicolaus von Wirén
    Nature Plants 1, 15021