Some aspects of metal ion transport and in silico gene expression analysis of potassium/sodium ion transporters, channels and exchangers in root nodules
Rhizobia establish a symbiotic relationship with legumes, which results in the formation of root nodules, the ecological niche for intracellular rhizobia. The infected cell of a root nodule is a special integral unit of plant and nitrogen fixing rhizobia. Nodules tend to be very sensitive to ionic stresses, such as salt stress. High vulnerability toward ionic stresses might be due to defects in ion balance and transport in the infected tissue. The purpose of this minireview is to summarize the current data regarding metal ion transport in the root nodule, with particular emphasis on potassium/sodium ion transport. A bioinformatic approach and in silico gene expression analysis have been used to obtain some insight for K+/Na+ transportеr channels and exchangers in root nodule developmental zones.
symbiosis, root nodule, infected cell, symbiosome, ion transporters
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