Helmholtz Gemeinschaft


Expression of root glutamate dehydrogenase genes in tobacco plants subjected to boron deprivation

Item Type:Article
Title:Expression of root glutamate dehydrogenase genes in tobacco plants subjected to boron deprivation
Creators Name:Beato, V.M. and Navarro-Gochicoa, M.T. and Rexach, J. and Herrera-Rodriguez, M.B. and Camacho-Cristobal, J.J. and Kempa, S. and Weckwerth, W. and Gonzalez-Fontes, A.
Abstract:Recently it has been reported that boron (B) deficiency increases the expression of Nicotiana tabacum asparagine synthetase (AS) gene in roots, and that AS might play a main role as a detoxifying mechanism to convert ammonium into asparagine. Interestingly, glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) genes, Ntgdh-NAD;A1 and Ntgdh-NAD;B2, were up-regulated when tobacco roots were subjected to B deprivation for 8 and 24 h. In addition, aminating and deaminating GDH (EC activities were higher in B-deficient than in B-sufficient plants after 24 h of B deficiency. Ammonium concentrations were kept sufficiently low and with similar values in B-deficient roots when compared to control. Glucose and fructose contents decreased after 24 h of B deprivation. This drop in hexoses, which was corroborated by metabolomic analysis, correlated with higher GDH gene expression. Furthermore, metabolomic profiling showed that concentrations of several organic acids, phenolics, and amino acids increased after 24 h of B deficiency. Our results suggest that GDH enzyme plays an important role in metabolic acclimation of tobacco roots to B deprivation. A putative model to explain these results is proposed and discussed.
Keywords:Amino Acids, Ammonium, Boron Deficiency, Carbohydrates, Glutamate Dehydrogenase
Source:Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
Page Range:1350-1354
Date:November 2011
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plaphy.2011.06.001
PubMed:View item in PubMed

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Open Access
MDC Library