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Plant Cell Rep. 2007 Sep;26(9):1673-9. Epub 2007 May 4.

High-affinity K+ transporter PhaHAK5 is expressed only in salt-sensitive reed plants and shows Na+ permeability under NaCl stress.

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  • 1Asian Natural Environmental Science Center, The University of Tokyo, Nishitokyo-shi, Tokyo 188-0002, Japan.


To understand the mechanism of ion homeostasis in salt tolerant and sensitive plants, we isolated cDNAs for K(+) transporter PhaHAK1-u and PhaHAK5-u from reed plants. PhaHAK1-u belongs to group I and PhaHAK5-u belongs to group IV by phylogenetic analysis, respectively. PhaHAK5-u is predicted to be a plasma membrane transporter, and shows high-affinity K(+) transporter. Expression of PhaHAK5 was found in salt-sensitive reed plants, but not in any parts of salt-tolerant reed plants maintained under both control and K(+) starvation conditions. Under the NaCl stress, the K(+) uptake ability of the yeast strain expressing PhaHAK5-u was remarkably lower than that of the yeast strain expressing PhaHAK1-u, and PhaHAK5-u showed Na(+) permeability. These results suggest that PhaHAK5 is one of the routes by which Na(+) enters cells.

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