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Structure-Function Analysis of the Presumptive Arabidopsis Auxin Permease AUX1

Swarup, Ranjan, Kargul, Joanna, Marchant, Alan, Zadik, Daniel, Rahman, Abidur, Mills, Rebecca, Yemm, Anthony, May, Sean, Williams, Lorraine, Millner, Paul, Tsurumi, Seiji, Moore, Ian, Napier, Richard, Kerr, Ian D. and Bennett, Malcolm J. (2004) Structure-Function Analysis of the Presumptive Arabidopsis Auxin Permease AUX1 The Plant Cell, 16, (11), pp. 3069-3083. (doi:10.1105/tpc.104.024737).

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Abstract

We have investigated the subcellular localization, the domain topology, and the amino acid residues that are critical for the function of the presumptive Arabidopsis thaliana auxin influx carrier AUX1. Biochemical fractionation experiments and confocal studies using an N-terminal yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) fusion observed that AUX1 colocalized with plasma membrane (PM) markers. Because of its PM localization, we were able to take advantage of the steep pH gradient that exists across the plant cell PM to investigate AUX1 topology using YFP as a pH-sensitive probe. The YFP-coding sequence was inserted in selected AUX1 hydrophilic loops to orient surface domains on either apoplastic or cytoplasmic faces of the PM based on the absence or presence of YFP fluorescence, respectively. We were able to demonstrate in conjunction with helix prediction programs that AUX1 represents a polytopic membrane protein composed of 11 transmembrane spanning domains. In parallel, a large aux1 allelic series containing null, partial-loss-of-function, and conditional mutations was characterized to identify the functionally important domains and amino acid residues within the AUX1 polypeptide. Whereas almost all partial-loss-of-function and null alleles cluster in the core permease region, the sole conditional allele aux1-7 modifies the function of the external C-terminal domain.

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Submitted date: 4 June 2004
Published date: 14 October 2004

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Local EPrints ID: 35546
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35546
ISSN: 1040-4651
PURE UUID: acf0a0f2-f979-4c26-8c2d-319cddae121f

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Date deposited: 18 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:47

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Author: Ranjan Swarup
Author: Joanna Kargul
Author: Alan Marchant
Author: Daniel Zadik
Author: Abidur Rahman
Author: Rebecca Mills
Author: Anthony Yemm
Author: Sean May
Author: Paul Millner
Author: Seiji Tsurumi
Author: Ian Moore
Author: Richard Napier
Author: Ian D. Kerr
Author: Malcolm J. Bennett

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