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New Phytol. 2010 Dec;188(4):977-84. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03465.x. Epub 2010 Sep 9.

Hydrogen sulphide, a novel gasotransmitter involved in guard cell signalling.

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Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata - CONICET, CC1245 (7600) Mar del Plata, Argentina.


Hydrogen sulphide (H(2) S) has been proposed as the third gasotransmitter. In animal cells, H(2) S has been implicated in several physiological processes. H(2) S is endogenously synthesized in both animals and plants by enzymes with l-Cys desulphydrase activity in the conversion of l-Cys to H(2) S, pyruvate and ammonia. The participation of H(2) S in both stomatal movement regulation and abscisic acid (ABA)-dependent induction of stomatal closure was studied in epidermal strips of three plant species (Vicia faba, Arabidopsis thaliana and Impatiens walleriana). The effect of H(2) S on stomatal movement was contrasted with leaf relative water content (RWC) measurements of whole plants subjected to water stress. In this work we report that exogenous H(2) S induces stomatal closure and this effect is impaired by the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter inhibitor glibenclamide; scavenging H(2) S or inhibition of the enzyme responsible for endogenous H(2) S synthesis partially blocks ABA-dependent stomatal closure; and H(2) S treatment increases RWC and protects plants against drought stress. Our results indicate that H(2) S induces stomatal closure and participates in ABA-dependent signalling, possibly through the regulation of ABC transporters in guard cells.

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