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Plant Physiol. 1989 Jul;90(3):806-13.

Studies of the Regulation of Nitrate Influx by Barley Seedlings Using NO(3).

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  • 1Department of Botany, University of British Columbia Vancouver, B.C. V6T 2B1, Canada.


Using (13)NO(3) (-), effects of various NO(3) (-) pretreatments upon NO(3) (-) influx were studied in intact roots of barley (Hordeum vulgare L. cv Klondike). Prior exposure of roots to NO(3) (-) increased NO(3) (-) influx and net NO(3) (-) uptake. This ;induction' of NO(3) (-) uptake was dependent both on time and external NO(3) (-) concentration ([NO(3) (-)]). During induction influx was positively correlated with root [NO(3) (-)]. In the postinduction period, however, NO(3) (-) influx declined as root [NO(3) (-)] increased. It is suggested that induction and negative feedback regulation are independent processes: Induction appears to depend upon some critical cytoplasmic [NO(3) (-)]; removal of external NO(3) (-) caused a reduction of (13)NO(3) (-) influx even though mean root [NO(3) (-)] remained high. It is proposed that cytoplasmic [NO(3) (-)] is depleted rapidly under these conditions resulting in ;deinduction' of the NO(3) (-) transport system. Beyond 50 micromoles per gram [NO(3) (-)], (13)NO(3) (-) influx was negatively correlated with root [NO(3) (-)]. However, it is unclear whether root [NO(3) (-)] per se or some product(s) of NO(3) (-) assimilation are responsible for the negative feedback effects.

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