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Institut für Botanik, Fachbereich Biologie, Technische Hochschule
Darmstadt, Schnittspahnstrasse 3-5, D-64287 Darmstadt
ABSTRACT- The fundamental basis of the adaptation of plants e Ca2+ , trocadores neutros H+ /Na+ e canais iônicos.
to salinity stress is the control of transport of salt across Conclui-se que evidência s concretas para alterações membranes. Two major membranes of plant cells, the adaptativas genuinas de componentes moleculares plasmalemma and the tonoplast, are particularly involved in particulares da membrana em resposta a salinidade existe this process of compartmentation. The opulence of literature apenas com respeito ao atiporter H+ /Na+ da mebrana on plant reactions to salinity notwithstanding, there is still rather plasmática e tonoplasto e ao transportador H+ -ATPase do little understanding of responses of the molecular constituents tonoplasto, pelo menos em certos materiais de plantas of the membranes. The literature is reviewed with respect to superiores. Progressos recentes sobre bioquímica de current knowledge regarding lipids, proteins, interactions membranas e biologia molecular oferece perspectivas para between lipids and proteins and specific transport enzymes, maiores avanços da pesquisa nesta área no futuro. such as H+ - transporting ATPases at the plasmalemma andtonoplast and the H+ - transporting pyrophosphatase at the Termos adicionais para indexação: Ca2+ -ATPase, canais tonoplast, other membrane ATPases serving primary active iônicos, Cl--ATPase, H+ -ATPase, H+ /Na+ -antiport, lipidios, transport of Cl- and Ca2+ , H+ /Na+ - exchange carriers and plasmalema, proteinas, tonoplasto. ion channels. It is concluded that concrete evidence for genuine adaptive changes of particular molecular membranecomponents in response to salinity only exists with respect to Salinity is one of the most intensely studied stressors (i.e.
the H+ /Na+ -antiporters of the plasmalemma and tonoplast environmental stress factors) in the ecophysiology of plants.
and the H+ -transporting ATPase of the tonoplast at least in The major impact of stressful NaCl-loads is on functions of certain materials of higher plants. Recent progress in proteins and membranes as stabilized by water structures in membrane biochemistry and molecular biology offers the cell. One option in adaptation is salt exclusion. However, perspectives for better advances of research in this area in the this is of limited utility mainly for osmotic reasons and only effective under conditions of moderate salt stress. The Additional index terms: Ca2+ -ATPase, Cl--ATPase, H+ -ATPase, alternative option, viz. salt inclusion, for the reasons mentioned H+ /Na+ -antiport, ion channels, lipids, plasmalemma, proteins, above requires compartmentation of the NaCl taken up. The metabolically functional enzymes and membranes in thecytoplasm must be protected from the NaCl, potentially M EM BRANAS CELULARES DE PLANTAS
destroying their tertiary and quaternary structures, by E SALINIDADE: ALTERAÇÕES
sequestration of the salt in the cel sap of the central vacuole.
A recent review on physiological processes limiting plantgrowth in saline soils concludes with the statement "advances in salt tolerance at the molecular level will be in manipulating RESUMO- A base fundamental da adaptação das plantas ao the expression and structure of proteins that control the estresse salino é o controle do transporte através de transport of salt across membranes" (Munns 1993). membranas. Duas membranas principais das células, o Two major membranes of plant cells, the plas- plasmalema e o tonoplasto, são particularmente envolvidas malemma and the tonoplast, are particularly involved in neste processo de compartimentalização. Apesar da opulência this process of compartmentation. There is an ever- da literatura sobre reações das plantas à salinidade, ainda há growing opulent wealth of literature regarding mem- muito pouco entendimento sobre as respostas moleculares brane fluxes, ion distribution by cell compartmentation dos constituintes das membranas. A literatura foi revista com and whole-plant partitioning and the associated water respeito ao conhecimento corrente sobre lipídeos, proteínas e relations under salt stress. By contrast to these pheno- enzimas transportadoras específicas como as H+ -ATPases do menological consequences of molecular membranefunctions, very much less is known about the responses plasmalema e do tonoplasto e o transportador of the membranes themselves. The plasmalemma and H+ -pirofosfatase do tonoplasto, outras ATPases de the tonoplast of plant cells contain proteins catalyzing membrana, que servem para o transporte ativo primário de Cl- primary- and secondary-active processes of ion trans-port, which are essential in the salt compartmentation 1Palestra apresentada ao IV Congresso Brasileiro de Fisiologia
involved in adaptation to salinity. Particularly the pri- R. Bras. Fisiol. Veg., 5(2):217-224,1993.
mary-active transport of protons by membrane ATPases (1990a) found no clear differences between the polypep- which also provides the energy for secondary-active ion tide composition of the tonoplast of the halophyte S.
fluxes and the secondary-active H+ /Na+ -exchange car- maritima and data for tonoplasts of glycophytes. On the rier proteins are important entities of these membranes.
other hand, Ben-Hayyim et al. (1989) report on salt-in- Recent progress of membrane biochemistry and mo- duced increases and decreases respectively, in the level lecular biology appears to offer perspectives for a more of a large number of proteins under salt shock and long- detailed understanding of the interactions between the term adaptation in cultured cells of different plant spe- membranes and the stressor NaCl, and biophysical and cies. Rather regularly in their various plant materials electron-microscopical approaches also allow to assess (barley, tobacco, tomato, Citrus) authors found salt in- responses of the molecular structure of membranes. The duced peptides with a molecular mass of 26 - 27 kDa question is, if just preformed membrane structures are (Singh et al., 1985; Hurkman et al., 1988; Ben-Hayyim et involved in functional regulation networks, or if salt has al., 1989). While in many cases cellular localization of direct impact on the membranes themselves. It is the these peptides is not clear, let alone their function, in aim of this article to review briefly some more recent some studies it was in fact shown, that they may be advances in this area and to delineate trends which ap- membrane proteins (Hurkman et al., 1988), although a pear to emerge.
clear function, e.g. as an H+ /Na+ -exchange carrier,could not be associated with them. Potentially, at least 2) Lipids and Proteins based on their molecular mass, these peptides could A debate, revived at times, regards the question well belong to the group of "membrane intrinsic pro- whether lipids or proteins are the major membrane com- teins", especially the tonoplast intrinsic proteins, which ponents responding to stress. Clearly, the proteins of are capable of forming membrane channels and which membrane enzymes are the decisive functional ele- could be involved in the transport of ions (Ludevid et al., ments, whereas lipids determine passive membrane 1992) and also may be regulated by membrane bound properties but may also be important in influencing the Ca2+ dependent protein-kinases (Johnson & Chris- proteins by affecting their molecular environment.
peels, 1992).
c) Lipids and Proteins, Membrane Fluidity and Perme- The more recent literature leaves the question open if in fact qualitative differences in lipid composition of Using electron-spin resonance methods it has been membranes are important in salinity adaptation. In roots noted that in halophytes and under salinity stress mem- of the halotolerant species Cochlearia anglica lipid con- branes become more rigid. In principle this could be due tent increased considerably under exposure to NaCl but to changes in lipids or proteins, or both. As mentioned the relative proportions of phospholipids, galactolipids above, Leach et al. (1990b) argue that in Suadea mari- and neutral lipids or the fatty acids remained unchanged tima this is due to the sterols. In Mesembryanthemum (Prud'homme et al., 1990). Haschke et al. (1990) also crystallinum higher rigidity of the leaf-cell tonoplast un- observed that the qualitative lipid composition of purified der NaCl-stress as compared to the tonoplast of non- tonoplast-membrane fractions from leaves of Mesem- stressed plants (Kliemchen et al., 1993) cannot be bryanthemum crystallinum did not change in response attributed to the lipids per se because the qualitative to NaCl stress. In genotypes of Citrus differing in NaCl- lipid-composition does not change (Haschke et al., tolerance by chloride exclusion, variations of galac- 1990). It was shown that in the facultative annual halo- tolipids and phospholipids also appear not to be in- phyte M.crystallinum during the change from growth in volved (Douglas 1985; Douglas and Sykes 1985), in an NaCl-free medium to a medium with up to 400 mM contrast to older observations of P.J.C. Kuiper and col- NaCl many tonoplast peptides change their staining in- leagues, which indicate a role of galactolipids in grape- tensity in sodium-dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel vines (Kuiper, 1968), Plantago species (Kuiper & Kuiper, electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and hence their abun- 1978) and sugar beet (Stuiver et al., 1984). However, in dance (Bremberger and Lüttge, 1992a; Richter, 1993), Citrus free sterols may be important in the regulation of and in particular the amount of the H+ -transporting AT- Cl- compartmentation and the degree of Cl- exclusion.
Pase is increased (Klink & Lüttge, 1992; Richter, 1993; Planar sterols integrate more readily into the liquid lipid see also below section 3b). It is likely that it is the higher phase of the membranes than less planar sterols, and protein/lipid ratio in these membranes, which brings the latter thus allow higher Cl--permeability (Douglas about a larger rigidity, where 3.6oC higher temperatures 1985; Douglas and Sykes 1985). Leach et al. (1990a, b) are needed for the tonoplast isolated from leaves of NaCl conclude from studies with purified isolated vacuoles of treated plants to reach the same fluidity as the tonoplast the halophyte Suaeda maritima that the lipid charac- of non-treated plants (Kliemchen et al., 1993). It is gen- teristics of the tonoplast, viz. various types of membrane erally assumed that higher membrane rigidity implies lipids and the degree of saturation of the fatty acids, are lower permeability. Thus, more rigid tonoplasts would essential in NaCl compartmentation and much more im- provide a stronger resistance for remobilization of salt portant than the polypeptide composition.
once it is sequestered in the vacuoles by secondary ac- tive tansport (see section 4b). In M. crystallinum the is- Besides studies of specific transport proteins of mem- sue is complicated though by the fact that salt stress branes (see sections 3 and 4), membrane polypeptides also elicits a change from C3-photosynthesis to crasssu- in general have been analyzed in relation to salinity lacean-acid-metabolism (CAM), and it needs to be evalu- stress. As already noted above (section 2a), Leach et al.
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ated which changes are due to salinity per se and to adapted cells, reacted with an increase in m-RNA abun- induction of CAM respectively (Richter, 1993).
dance within 24 h after exposure to NaCl. In tomato- 3) H+ Transporting ATPases
roots Vmax of the plasmalemma ATPase was reduced In a nice study Sanchez-Aguayo et al. (1991) localized by salt stress, from 69 to 39 mol Pi mg protein-1 h-1 ATPase activity cytochemically in different root zones of (Gronwald et al., 1990). More subtle kinetic responses tomato. NaCl-dependent changes were observed in a have been documented by Ben-Hayyim & Ran (1990) for medial root region 200-500µm upwards from the root tip, the H+ -ATPase of the plasmalemma of cultured Citrus i.e. a decrease of ATPase activity in the plasmalemma cells. They suggest that the native form of the ATPase and an increase in the tonoplast.
has more than one substrate-binding site, where bothsites interact in the presence of salt and act inde- Several attempts have been made to compare H+ -AT- pendently in its absence.
Pase activities in membrane fractions of halophytes,moderately salt-resistant glycophytes and salt-sensitive Comparisons also include marine and halophilic algae, glycophytes. in the halophyte Atriplex nummularia the but again spectacular differences are not found membrane ATPases are only inhibited by ten-times (Gimmler et al., 1989; Smahel et al., 1990, Balnokin et al., higher concentrations of NaCl and KCl than in the salt 1993). Although there are differences in some parame- sensitive glycophyte Pisum sativum (Lerner et al., 1983).
ters, e.g. requirement of an excess of Mg2+ over ATP, Salinity during growth somewhat changes the properties which may reflect the adaptations of the ATPase and its of the ATPases in A. nummularia, e.g. the pH-depend- lipid environment to the high saline habitat, generally the ence profile becomes sharpper and the system is defec- plasmalemma ATPase is similar to that of glycophytes.
tive in non-salt-grown plants. Thus A. nummularia b) H+ -ATPase of the Tonoplast
appears to be not merely salt-tolerant but salt-requiring Specific tonoplast-ATPase activities of salt-sensitive (Braun et al., 1986). In moderately salt-resistant cotton Plantago media and salt-tolerant Plantago maritima there are no such effects of NaCl (Hassidim et al., 1986).
were comparable and did not alter after application of The ATPases of A. nummularia were not affected by 140 NaCl stress (Staal et al., 1991). The properties of the mM NaCl, while in cotton 50 mM NaCl was already in- tonoplast H+ -ATPase of the halophyte Suaeda maritima hibitory (Braun et al., 1988). However, in all of these stud- were found to be similar to those of tonoplast H+ -AT- ies, crude membrane fractions have been used, and, Pases of glycophytes (Leach et al., 1990a, Maathuis et hence, it remains unclear to which cellular membranes al., 1992). Tonoplasts of higher plants also possess H+ - the observed effects are to be referred. Koyro et al.
transporting pyrophosphatases, and the above conclu- (1993) used inhibitors differentiating between various sion also refers to this enzyme (Leach et al., 1990a).
ATPases in crude extracts of isolated protoplasts of By contrast, studies with tonoplast fractions obtained roots of drought-resistant Sorghum and drought-sensi- from cultured cells of tobacco clearly reveal specific re- tive, salt-tolerant Spartina townsendii plants grown with sponses of the tonophast H+ -ATPase to salinity stress.
and without 40 mM NaCl and found increases in the The enzyme changed kinetics from hyperbolic in cells activity of both the plasmalemma ATPase (vanadate sen- grown without NaCl to sigmoidal in cells grown with 428 sitive) and the tonoplast ATPase (NO3 --sensitive, azide mM NaCl (Reuveni, 1992). The specific H+ - transport resistant) under the salt treatment. Purified membrane activity increased four-fold. Salt adaptation of the cells in fractions allow a separate study of plasmalemma and fact resulted in a reduction in the amount of the H+ - tonoplast H+ -ATPases.
ATPase in the tonoplast but this was compensated by an a) H+ -ATPase of the Plasmalemma
increase in the capacity of the enzyme for H+ -transport In a series of studies comparing salt-tolerant and salt- and ATP- hydrolysis. Thus, adaptation involves quantita- resistant species of Plantago Brüggemann and Janiesch tive and qualitative alterations in the enzyme (Reuveni et (1987, 1988, 1989) found no changes of the activities and properties of the plasmalemma H+ -ATPase during The tonoplast ATPase of higher plants is composed of the physiological adaptation of the plants to saline envi- several peptide subunits and has a head and stalk struc- ronments, and there were high similarities between gly- cophytic and halophytic Plantago species regarding OF1-ATPases or coupling factors of mito- chondria and chloroplasts (Sze 1985, Pederson & substrate specificity, divalent cation requirement, kinetic Carafoli, 1987; Forgac, 1989; Nelson & Taiz, 1989). The data and stimulation by monovalent cations. Comparing head is composed of three copies each of an A and B
the plasmalemma H+ -ATPase of the halophyte Atriplex subunit, with molecular masses of 60 to 70 kDa. The A
nummularia and the glycophyte Avena sativa Mills and subunit bears the catalytic ATP-hydrolyzing site, and the Hodges (1988) arrive at a similar conclusion. Their re- B subunit has a regulatory function (Mandala & Taiz,
sults suggest that the enzyme is essentially the same in 1986; Rea et al.,1987; Forgac, 1989). Narasimhan et al.
both species and that the differences in Na+ transport in (1991) have shown that in cultured tobacco cells the the roots are unrelated to the plasmalemma ATPase.
transcription of the gene of the catalytic 70 kDa subunit However, more recently Niu et al. (1993) found that in A.
or the stability of its m-RNA was induced by short-term nummularia the gene expression for the plasmalemma NaCl treatment in NaCl adapted cells or by abscisic-acid H+ -ATPase may be regulated by NaCl in an apparently treatment in both adapted and unadapted cells. There rather complex way. Levels of m-RNA were similar in were up to four genes encoding for this subunit.
cells unadapted, adapted and deadapted, i.e. previouslyadapted, to 342 mM NaCl. Deadapted cells, but not un- R. Bras. Fisiol. Veg., 5(2):217-224,1993.
Quantitative and qualitative changes of the tonoplast stress also elicits the induction of CAM. Correlations with H+ -ATPase were also observed in leaf cells of Mesem- the time-courses of NaCl accumulation and CAM induc- bryanthemum crystallinum during ageing of the plants tion respectively, in leaves of M. crystallinum sofar sug- and during adaptation to salinity of 400 mM NaCl in the gest that the increased amount of tonoplast H+ -ATPase root medium (review see Lüttge, 1993).
is related to the NaCl-load and is a response to the re- Quantitative changes, i.e. an increased ATPase activity quirements of vacuolar salt sequestration, while the new associated with an increased amount of the enzyme pro- subunits are related to CAM and the requirements of tein as determined by radial immune-diffusion using an diurnal fluctuation of vacuolar acid levels (Richter, 1993).
antibody against the purified ATPase-holoenzyme, were c) Other Membrane-ATPases correlated in time with the stress given by the salt load a) Cl--ATPases? Staal et al. (1987) have suggested that imposed on the M. crystallinum plants. There was a in the plasmalemma of the root-cells of Plantago major much smaller increase with ageing of the plants during ssp. pleiosperma in addion to the well known (Mg2+ + growth. The salt-elicited effect was reversible to the ex- K+ )-dependent H+ -ATPase a Cl- -dependent ATPase is tent that was not reached by ageing per se (Richter, occurring. A Cl---ATPase has also been proposed to be 1993). The activity of the H+ -pyrophosphatase of the active in the salt glands of Limonium vulgare. In addition tonoplast rapidly decreased with ageing and was unre- to intracellular NaCl compartmentation excretion of lated to the salt treatment.
NaCl via salt glands is another means of salt includersfor managing high salt loads. Early studies of Hill & Hill The observation of an increase of the amount of the (1973) have suggested that a Cl ATPase in the tonoplast membrane due to NaCl stress --ATPase may be in- volved in salt excretion by the salt glands of the leaves was corroborated by the entirely independent approach of the halophyte L. vulgare. For another species regu- of using quantitative electron microscopy of replicas of larly growing in haline media, the marine chlorosiphon- freeze-fractured tonoplast vesices. Protoplasmic freeze- alous alga Acetabularia was studied in some detail. Early fracture faces of tonoplast vesicles show intramembra- work of Goldfarb & Gradmann (1983) and Goldfarb et al.
neous particles (Klink et al., 1990), which can be (1984) in fact had suggeted that these algae possess an demonstrated to belong to the H+ -ATPase, e.g. by puri- ATPase serving primary active membrane-transport of fication and reconstitution into arteficial liposomes. Soy- Cl-, i.e. moving Cl- directly on account of the energy bean-phospholipid proteoliposomes with the available from ATP hydrolysis. More recently, Ikeda et al.
reconstituted ATPase show H+ -transport activity, SDS- (1990) and Ikeda & Oesterhelt (1990) indeed appeared PAGE of the proteoliposomes reveals that almost exclu- to have purified and characterized such a novel type of sively the subunits of the ATPase have been ATPase and reconstituted it into liposomes. However, incorporated, and electron microscopy of freeze-frac- Smahel et al. (1992) critically looked at the plas- ture replicas shows that similar intramembraneous parti- malemma-ATPase of Acetabularia and found very differ- cles are present as in native vesicles (Behre et al., 1992).
ent properties as those described for the Cl--ATPase by A quantitative and statistical evaluation of particle densi- lkeda and colleagues. They concluded that this Cl--AT- ties and particle sizes in the native membranes revealed Pase is not localized in the plasmalemma and possibly that both increased during salt treatment, and this might be mitochondrial. With another halophilic alga, the clearly implies that the amount of the ATPase must have volvocalous unicellular Dunaliella bioculata, Smahel et also increased (Klink and Lüttge, 1992). Koyro et al.
al. (1990) also found strong similarities of the plas- (1993) also observed increased densities of intramem- malemma ATPase with the enzyme of other species and braneous particles in the tonoplast and also in the plas- argue that these results further undermine the hypothe- malemma of rhizodermal cells of Sorghum and Spartina sis of a wider distribution of a high-salt-load Cl--type townsendii plants when grown at 40 mM NaCl.
plasmalemma ATPase. In M. crystallinum certain qualitative changes were b) Ca2+ -ATPases. It is well known that Ca2+ interacts seen in the staining intensities of tonoplast peptides in- with salinity stress in that external Ca2+ alleviates ad- cluding subunits of the H+ -ATPase in SDS-PAGE of verse effects of external NaCl. It is also well known that solubilisates of purified tonoplast membranes. A clearer the plasmalemma of higher plant cells possesses a picture of the ATPase subunits emerged after immuno- Ca2+ -ATPase exporting Ca2+ from the cytoplasm to the blotting using antibodies against the ATPase-holoen- outside via primary active transport of Ca2+ . To the zyme. The most conspicuous result was that two new knowledge of the author nothing appears to be known subunits with molecular masses of 27 and 31 kDa ap- sofar, however, about a possible relation of the two ob- peared during the salt treatment (Richter, 1993) as al- servations. The major function of the Ca2+ - ATPase is ready noted by Bremberger et al. (1988) and thought to be in maintenance of intracellular Ca2+ - ho- Bremberger & Lüttge (1992a,b). Subunits of this molecu- lar mass belong to the stalk-region of the ATPase (For-gac, 1989). They are probably important in stabilizing the 4) H+ /Na+ -Exchange Carriers
attachment of the head to the membrane integral H+ - H+ /Na+ -exchange carriers (or antiporters) have been channel via the stalk (Puopolo et al., 1992; Ward et al.
identified both in the plasmalemma and in the tonoplast, 1992) and thus may regulate activity under stress.
e.g. in the halophyte Atriplex nummularia and the glyco-phyte cotton (Hassidim et al., 1990). The antiport is a As already mentioned above (section 2c), in M. crys- secondary-active transport using the electro-chemical tallinum complications arise from the fact that salinity H+ -gradients established by the H+ -ATPases of the R. Bras. Fisiol. Veg., 5(2):217-224,1993.

FIGURE 1- Scheme of a plant cel withthe membranes of plasmalemma andtonoplast separating the cytoplasm fromthe apoplast and the vacuolerespectively. Molecular components ortranspot-systems which reportedly orhypothetically ar involved in salinityresponses of cells are depicted asdiscussed in this review. (Drawing byDoris Schäfer, Darmstadt.) membranes to move Na+ . As the ATPases extrude pro- existing protein rather than to de novo protein synthesis tons from the cytoplasm to the outside or into the vacu- (Garbarino & DuPont, 1989). Exposure of salt-tolerant oles respectively, the antiporters take protons back into Plantago maritima and salt-sensitive Plantago media to the cytoplasm in exchange for Na+ and thus keep cyto- 50 mM NaCl for 6 days resulted in the expression of plasmic Na+ -concentrations at a low level. H+ /Na+ -an- H+ /Na+ -antiport activity in tonoplast-vesicles of P. mari- tiporters are not ubiquitous though. A screening of 16 tima but not of P. media, and in the controls not treated crop species showed that 4 species had the antiporter, with NaCl there was no activity in either of the two spe- which, however, was absent in 5 species, and the situ- cies (Staal et al., 1991).
ation was unclear in 7 species (Mennen et al., 1990).
The H+ /Na+ -antiporter of the tonoplast of sugar-beet a) H+ /Na+ -Exchange Carriers of the Plasmalemma
cells was characterized in great detail by Blumwald and Specifically for the plasmalemma, H+ /Na+ -antiporters colleagues. An early observation showed that Na+ in the were described for red beet (Jacoby and Teomy, 1988), growth medium of cultured cells did not change the ap- Atriplex nummularia, where the antiporter saturated at parent Km for Na+ but increased Vmax to about twice Na+ - concentrations above 100 mM (Braun et al., 1988) the control value, suggesting a specific induction of an- and the halophilic alga Dunaliella salina, where adapta- tipoter synthesis by NaCl, which increases the number tion to high salinity induced overproduction of the an- of antiporter molecules present in the membrane (Blum- tiporter (Katz et al., 1992).
wald & Poole, 1987). The inhibitor of vacuolar H+ /Na+ - b) H+ /Na+ -Exchange Carriers of the Tonoplast
The H+ /Na+ -antiporter of tonoplasts is characterized assisted biochemical investigations (Barkla et al., 1990).
by its pronounced inducibility. In barley specific Thus, the group succeeded in identification of a 170 kDa- H+ /Na+ -exchange was detected in tonoplast mem- protein associated with vacuolar H+ /Na+ antiport.
branes from roots of plants grown in 100 mM NaCl, and Growth of the cells in the presence of NaCl did not affect it was absent in control roots (Garbarino & DuPont, the affinity of the antiporter for Na+ (Km) but markedly 1988). Induction of H+ /Na+ -exchange by NaCl was very increased the maximal velocity of H+ /Na+ -exchange, rapid, and it appears that it is due to activation of an corroborating the earlier conclusion that the increase inactivity was due to more protein of the exchange carrier.
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This was correlated with increased synthesis of the 170 which are not compatible with cytoplasmic membrane kDa polypeptide (Barkla & Blumwald, 1991).
and protein structures.
5) Ion Channels in the Plasmalemma and Tonoplast These results were worked out by use of modern ap- The patch-clamp technique allows the identification proaches on the structural level (electron microscopy), and characterization of gated and rectified ion channels on the biochemical and molecular levels and on the bio- in membranes, which might also be involved in cellular physical level (e.g. electron spin resonance). Much more ion compartmentation under salinity stress. The such work is definitely needed to establish progress in K+ /Na+ -selectivity of a cation channel in the plas- the future, and, as the new techniques now become malemma of root cells of wheat did not differ in salt-tol- more readily available it also becomes possible. Hence, erant and salt-sensitive species (Schachtman et al., looking back the conclusions are meagre, but looking 1991). In salt-tolerant Plantago maritima and salt-sensi- forward, the prospects appear more promising.
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