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Aquaporin functionality in relation to H+-ATPase activity in root cells of Capsicumm annuum, L. grown under salinity.

AuthorsMartínez-Ballesta, M. Carmen ; Martínez, Vicente ; Carvajal, Micaela
Issue Date28-Feb-2003
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
CitationPhysiologia Plantarum 117(3): 413-420 (2003)
AbstractAs water and nutrient uptake should be related in the response of plants to salinity, the aim of this paper is to establish whether or not aquaporin functionality is related to H+-ATPase activity in root cells of pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) plants. Thus, H+-ATPase activity was measured in plasma membrane vesicles isolated from roots and aquaporin functionality was measured using a cell pressure probe in intact roots. Salinity was applied as 60 mM NaCl or 60 mM KCl, to determine which ion (Na+, K+ or Cl−) is producing the effects. We also investigated whether the effects of both salts were ameliorated by Ca2+. Similar results were obtained for cell hydraulic conductivity, Lpc, and H+-ATPase activity, large reductions in the presence at NaCl or KCl and an ameliorative effect of Ca2+. However, fusicoccin (an activator of H+-ATPase) did not alter osmotic water permeability of protoplasts isolated from roots. Addition of Hg2+ inhibited both ATPase and aquaporins, but ATPase also contains Hg-binding sites. Therefore, the results indicate that H+-ATPase and aquaporin activities may not be related in pepper plants.
Description8 pages, 5 figures, 2 tables.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1034/j.1399-3054.2003.00044.x
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