Regulation of Sulfate Assimilation by Nitrogen in Arabidopsis

Koprivova, A.; Suter, Marianne; op den Camp, Roel; Brunold, Christian; Kopriva, Stanislav (2000). Regulation of Sulfate Assimilation by Nitrogen in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 122(3), pp. 737-746. American Society of Plant Physiologists 10.1104/pp.122.3.737

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Using Arabidopsis, we analyzed the effect of omission of a nitrogen source and of the addition of different nitrogen-containing compounds on the extractable activity and the enzyme and mRNA accumulation of adenosine 5′-phosphosulfate reductase (APR). During 72 h without a nitrogen source, the APR activity decreased to 70% and 50% of controls in leaves and roots, respectively, while cysteine (Cys) and glutathione contents were not affected. Northern and western analysis revealed that the decrease of APR activity was correlated with decreased mRNA and enzyme levels. The reduced APR activity in roots could be fully restored within 24 h by the addition of 4 mM each of NO3 −, NH4 +, or glutamine (Gln), or 1 mM O-acetylserine (OAS). 35SO4 2− feeding showed that after addition of NH4 +, Gln, or OAS to nitrogen-starved plants, incorporation of 35S into proteins significantly increased in roots; however, glutathione and Cys labeling was higher only with Gln and OAS or with OAS alone, respectively. OAS strongly increased mRNA levels of all three APR isoforms in roots and also those of sulfite reductase, Cys synthase, and serine acetyltransferase. Our data demonstrate that sulfate reduction is regulated by nitrogen nutrition at the transcriptional level and that OAS plays a major role in this regulation.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Stress Physiology [discontinued]
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Suter, Marianne and Brunold, Christian


500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)




American Society of Plant Physiologists




Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

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02 Jun 2016 09:25

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14 Nov 2017 16:26

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