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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Interaction between Arabidopsis Ca(2+)/H(+) exchangers CAX1 and CAX3

item Zhao, Jian
item Shigaki, Toshiro
item Mei, Hui
item Guo, Ying-qing
item Cheng, Ning-hui
item Hirschi, Kendal

Submitted to: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/18/2008
Publication Date: 2/13/2009
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Citation: Zhao, J., Shigaki, T., Mei, H., Guo, Y-Q., Cheng, N-H., Hirschi, K.D. 2009. Interaction between Arabidopsis Ca(2+)/H(+) exchangers CAX1 and CAX3. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 284(7):4605-4615.

Interpretive Summary: Transporters move nutrients in and through cells. However, the problem is ascertaining how the many different transporters function. Here we used biochemical and genetic tools to show that a particular group of transporters work in tandem to perform specific functions. The concept of these transportes working in teams is novel. The knowledge obtained from this study will allow us to genetically modify various plants to alter nutritional content.

Technical Abstract: In plants, high capacity tonoplast cation/H(+) antiport is mediated in part by a family of CAX (cation exchanger) transporters. Functional association between CAX1 and CAX3 has previously been inferred; however, the nature of this interaction has not been established. Here we analyze the formation of "hetero-CAX" complexes and their transport properties. Co-expressing both CAX1 and CAX3 mediated lithium and salt tolerance in yeast, and these phenotypes could not be recapitulated by expression of deregulated versions of either transporter. Coincident expression of "Arabidopsis CAX1" and "CAX3" occurs during particular stress responses, flowering, and seedling growth. Analysis of "cax1", "cax3", and "cax1/3" seedlings demonstrated similar stress sensitivities. When plants expressed high levels of both CAXs, alterations in transport properties were evident that could not be recapitulated by high level expression of either transporter individually. "In planta" coimmunoprecipitation suggested that a protein-protein interaction occurred between CAX1 and CAX3. "In vivo" interaction between the CAX proteins was shown using a split ubiquitin yeast two-hybrid system and gel shift assays. These findings demonstrate cation exchange plasticity through hetero-CAX interactions.

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