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L-Glutamate as a novel modifier of root growth and branching: What's the sensor?

Walch-Liu, Pia and Forde, Brian (2007) L-Glutamate as a novel modifier of root growth and branching: What's the sensor? Plant Signaling and Behavior, 2 (4). pp. 284-286. ISSN 1559-2316

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Exogenous L-glutamate (L-Glu) has been shown to be able to elicit major changes in Arabidopsis root architecture at micromolar concentrations. The root response, which is strongly genotype-dependent, is specific to L-Glu and involves both inhibition of primary root growth and stimulation of root branching behind the primary root tip. The L-Glu appears to be sensed directly at the root tip, where it inhibits meristematic activity. An intriguing and still unanswered question is whether members of the family of Glu receptor-like genes (GLRs) have a role in mediating this response. A pharmacological approach described here, using agonists and antagonists of mammalian ionotropic Glu receptors, has failed to resolve the issue. Progress towards identifying the genes involved in the root response to L-Glu is likely to come through the application of forward and reverse genetics, in combination with quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Plant Signaling and Behavior
Uncontrolled Keywords: glutamate ; SIGNALING ; root development ; root architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 53627
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2012 01:16
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2017 00:03
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