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Rainer Hedrich: "Ion channels help plants saving water"

Wann 25.07.2011
von 17:15 bis 18:00
Wo ZBSA (SR), Habsburgerstr. 40, 79104 Freiburg
Teilnehmer Open to University employees
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Rainer Hedrich
Julius-von-Sachs-Institut für Biowissenschaften, Lehrstuhl für Botanik I, Universität Würzburg, 97082 Würzburg


Ion channels help plants saving water

Differentiated cells can be reprogrammed to be pluripotent stem cells that are an Stomata, microscopic pores in the epidermis of plants, are surrounded by a pair of guard cells. Turgor changes in these cells can open or close the stomata to balance the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere and the concomitant loss of water from leaves. Drought signal-induced K+ salt release decreases guard cell turgor and volume which in turn leads to stomatal closure, reducing transpiration loss. Chloride, nitrate, and malate are the primary anions that counterbalance the fluxes of K+ during stomatal movement. In the seminar the nature and biology of guard cell ion channels will be addressed.

Arabidopsis mutants and characterization of anion channels heterologously expressed in animal cells indicated that they are controlled by a distinct set of protein kinases and phosphatases addressed by the water stress hormone ABA. Binding of ABA to this receptor-phosphatase complex inhibits the activity of the phosphatase. With the phosphatase blocked the kinase phosphorylated the anion channels. When gated open anion release depolarizes the membrane and activates the potassium-release channel. Concerted loss of osmolites deflates guard cells giving rise to stomata closure and thus termination of transpiration when water supply is limited.