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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2010 Jun;13(3):266-73. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2009.12.003. Epub 2010 Jan 21.

Nitrate signaling: adaptation to fluctuating environments.

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  • 1Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, Department of Biology, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, 1009 Main Building, NY 10003, USA. gk40@nyu.edu


Nitrate (NO(3)(-)) is a key nutrient as well as a signaling molecule that impacts both metabolism and development of plants. Understanding the complexity of the regulatory networks that control nitrate uptake, metabolism, and associated responses has the potential to provide solutions that address the major issues of nitrate pollution and toxicity that threaten agricultural and ecological sustainability and human health. Recently, major advances have been made in cataloguing the nitrate transcriptome and in identifying key components that mediate nitrate signaling. In this perspective, we describe the genes involved in nitrate regulation and how they influence nitrate transport and assimilation, and we discuss the role of systems biology approaches in elucidating the gene networks involved in NO(3)(-) signaling adaptation to fluctuating environments.

Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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