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Plant Cell Physiol. 2013 Apr;54(4):585-94. doi: 10.1093/pcp/pct019. Epub 2013 Feb 5.

LjMATE1: a citrate transporter responsible for iron supply to the nodule infection zone of Lotus japonicus.

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Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, 611-0011 Japan.

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  • Plant Cell Physiol. 2013 Oct;54(10):1749.


Symbiotic nitrogen fixation by intracellular rhizobia within legume root nodules requires the exchange of nutrients between host plant cells and their resident bacteria. While exchanged molecules imply nitrogen compounds, carbohydrates and also various minerals, knowledge of the molecular basis of plant transporters that mediate those metabolite exchanges is still limited. In this study, we have shown that a multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) protein, LjMATE1, is specifically induced during nodule formation, which nearly paralleled nodule maturation, in a model legume Lotus japonicus. Reporter gene experiments indicated that the expression of LjMATE1 was restricted to the infection zone of nodules. To characterize the transport function of LjMATE1, we conducted a biochemical analysis using a heterologous expression system, Xenopus oocytes, and found that LjMATE1 is a specific transporter for citrate. The physiological role of LjMATE1 was analyzed after generation of L. japonicus RNA interference (RNAi) lines. One RNAi knock-down line revealed limited growth under nitrogen-deficient conditions with inoculation of rhizobia compared with the controls (the wild type and an RNAi line in which LjMATE1 was not suppressed). It was noteworthy that Fe localization was clearly altered in nodule tissues of the knock-down line. These results strongly suggest that LjMATE1 is a nodule-specific transporter that assists the translocation of Fe from the root to nodules by providing citrate.

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