Journal Article

A Putative Two Pore Channel AtTPC1 Mediates Ca<sup>2+</sup> Flux in Arabidopsis Leaf Cells

Takuya Furuichi, Kyle W. Cunningham and Shoshi Muto

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 42, issue 9, pages 900-905
Published in print September 2001 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online September 2001 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI:
A Putative Two Pore Channel AtTPC1 Mediates Ca2+ Flux in Arabidopsis Leaf Cells

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The gene encoding voltage-gated channel with high affinity for Ca2+ permeation has not been cloned from plants. In the present study, we isolated a full-length cDNA encoding a putative Ca2+ channel (AtTPC1) from Arabidopsis. AtTPC1 has two conserved homologous domains, both of which contain six transmembrane segments (S1–S6) and a pore loop (P) between S5 and S6 in each domain, and has the highest homology with the two pore channel TPC1 recently cloned from rat. The overall structure is similar to the half of the general structure of α-subunits of voltage-activated Ca2+ channels from animals. AtTPC1 rescued the Ca2+ uptake activity of a yeast mutant cch1. Sucrose-induced luminescence, which reflects a cytosolic free Ca2+ increase in aequorin-expressing Arabidopsis leaves, was enhanced by overexpression of AtTPC1 and suppressed by antisense expression of it. Sucrose-H+ symporters AtSUC1 and 2, which depolarize membrane potential of cells receiving sucrose, also depressed a Ca2+ increase by their antisense expression. These results suggest that AtTPC1 mediates a voltage-activated Ca2+ influx in Arabidopsis leaf cells.

Keywords: Key words: Aequorin luminescence — Arabidopsis thaliana — Calcium channel — Sucrose-H+ symporter-mediated Ca2+ increase — Two-pore channel.; Abbreviations: [Ca2+]cyt, cytosolic free calcium ion concentration; GM+Suc medium, GM medium containing 1% sucrose; GM-Suc medium, GM medium depleted sucrose; RACE, rapid amplification of cDNA ends; RT-PCR, reverse transcriptase-PCR; SGal medium, yeast nitrogen base minimal media containing appropriate amino acids and 2% galactose; SGal-Ca medium, SGal medium depleted CaCl2.

Journal Article.  3561 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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