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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(1), 35;

Role of Aquaporins in Determining Carbon and Nitrogen Status in Higher Plants

Jiangsu Provincial Key Lab for Organic Solid Waste Utilization, National Engineering Research Center for Organic-based Fertilizers, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center for Solid Organic Waste Resource 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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Received: 28 November 2017 / Revised: 17 December 2017 / Accepted: 19 December 2017 / Published: 15 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aquaporins: Water Channels Essential for Living Organisms)
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Aquaporins (AQPs) are integral membrane proteins facilitating the transport of water and some small neutral molecules across cell membranes. In past years, much effort has been made to reveal the location of AQPs as well as their function in water transport, photosynthetic processes, and stress responses in higher plants. In the present review, we paid attention to the character of AQPs in determining carbon and nitrogen status. The role of AQPs during photosynthesis is characterized as its function in transporting water and CO2 across the membrane of chloroplast and thylakoid; recalculated results from published studies showed that over-expression of AQPs contributed to 25% and 50% increases in stomatal conductance (gs) and mesophyll conductance (gm), respectively. The nitrogen status in plants is regulated by AQPs through their effect on water flow as well as urea and NH4+ uptake, and the potential role of AQPs in alleviating ammonium toxicity is discussed. At the same time, root and/or shoot AQP expression is quite dependent on both N supply amounts and forms. Future research directions concerning the function of AQPs in regulating plant carbon and nitrogen status as well as C/N balance are also highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquaporins; carbon; nitrogen; transport; uptake aquaporins; carbon; nitrogen; transport; uptake

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Gao, L.; Lu, Z.; Ding, L.; Guo, J.; Wang, M.; Ling, N.; Guo, S.; Shen, Q. Role of Aquaporins in Determining Carbon and Nitrogen Status in Higher Plants. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 35.

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