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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(8), 1229;

The Interactions of Aquaporins and Mineral Nutrients in Higher Plants

Jiangsu Key Lab for Organic Waste Utilization, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
Institut des Sciences de la Vie, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve B-1348, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Hatem Rouached
Received: 16 May 2016 / Revised: 21 July 2016 / Accepted: 26 July 2016 / Published: 29 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular Plant Sciences)
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Aquaporins, major intrinsic proteins (MIPs) present in the plasma and intracellular membranes, facilitate the transport of small neutral molecules across cell membranes in higher plants. Recently, progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms of aquaporin subcellular localization, transport selectivity, and gating properties. Although the role of aquaporins in maintaining the plant water status has been addressed, the interactions between plant aquaporins and mineral nutrients remain largely unknown. This review highlights the roles of various aquaporin orthologues in mineral nutrient uptake and transport, as well as the regulatory effects of mineral nutrients on aquaporin expression and activity, and an integrated link between aquaporins and mineral nutrient metabolism was identified. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquaporin; water transport; membrane protein; mineral nutrient aquaporin; water transport; membrane protein; mineral nutrient

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Wang, M.; Ding, L.; Gao, L.; Li, Y.; Shen, Q.; Guo, S. The Interactions of Aquaporins and Mineral Nutrients in Higher Plants. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 1229.

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