The thellungiella salsuginea tonoplast aquaporin TsTIP1;2 functions in protection against multiple abiotic stresses

Li Li Wang, An Ping Chen, Nai Qin Zhong, Ning Liu, Xiao Min Wu, Fang Wang, Chun Lin Yang, Michael F Romero, Gui Xian Xia

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Abstract

Examination of aquaporin (AQP) membrane channels in extremophile plants may increase our understanding of plant tolerance to high salt, drought or other conditions. Here, we cloned a tonoplast AQP gene (TsTIP1;2) from the halophyte Thellungiella salsuginea and characterized its biological functions. TsTIP1;2 transcripts accumulate to high levels in several organs, increasing in response to multiple external stimuli. Ectopic overexpression of TsTIP1;2 in Arabidopsis significantly increased plant tolerance to drought, salt and oxidative stresses. TsTIP1;2 had water channel activity when expressed in Xenopus oocytes. TsTIP1;2 was also able to conduct H2O2 molecules into yeast cells in response to oxidative stress. TsTIP1;2 was not permeable to Na+ in Xenopus oocytes, but it could facilitate the entry of Na+ ions into plant cell vacuoles by an indirect process under high-salinity conditions. Collectively, these data showed that TsTIP1;2 could mediate the conduction of both H2O and H2O2 across membranes, and may act as a multifunctional contributor to survival of T. salsuginea in highly stressful habitats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-161
Number of pages14
JournalPlant and Cell Physiology
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Aquaporin
  • Channeling activity
  • Stress tolerance
  • Thellungiella salsuginea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology

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The thellungiella salsuginea tonoplast aquaporin TsTIP1;2 functions in protection against multiple abiotic stresses. / Wang, Li Li; Chen, An Ping; Zhong, Nai Qin; Liu, Ning; Wu, Xiao Min; Wang, Fang; Yang, Chun Lin; Romero, Michael F; Xia, Gui Xian.

In: Plant and Cell Physiology, Vol. 55, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 148-161.

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