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Fan X.,Nanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjing210095China | Feng H.,Nanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjing210095China | Tan Y.,Nanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjing210095China | Xu Y.,Nanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjing210095China | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Integrative Plant Biology

OsNRT1.1a is a low-affinity nitrate (NO3-) transporter gene. In this study, another mRNA splicing product, OsNRT1.1b, putatively encoding a protein with six transmembrane domains, was identified based on the rice genomic database and bioinformatics analysis. OsNRT1.1a/OsNRT1.1b expression in Xenopus oocytes showed OsNRT1.1a-expressing oocytes accumulated 15N levels to about half as compared to OsNRT1.1b-expressing oocytes. The electrophysiological recording of OsNRT1.1b-expressing oocytes treated with 0.25mM NO3- confirmed 15N accumulation data. More functional assays were performed to examine the function of OsNRT1.1b in rice. The expression of both OsNRT1.1a and OsNRT1.1b was abundant in roots and downregulated by nitrogen (N) deficiency. The shoot biomass of transgenic rice plants with OsNRT1.1a or OsNRT1.1b overexpression increased under various N supplies under hydroponic conditions compared to wild-type (WT). The OsNRT1.1a overexpression lines showed increased plant N accumulation compared to the WT in 1.25mM NH4NO3 and 2.5mM NO3- or NH4+ treatments, but not in 0.125mM NH4NO3. However, OsNRT1.1b overexpression lines increased total N accumulation in all N treatments, including 0.125mM NH4NO3, suggesting that under low N condition, OsNRT1.1b would accumulate more N in plants and improve rice growth, but also that OsNRT1.1a had no such function in rice plants. © 2015 The Authors. Source

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