Barley has two peroxisomal ABC transporters with multiple functions in β-oxidation

Guillermina M. Mendiondo, Anne Medhurst, Carlo W. van Roermund, Xuebin Zhang, Jean Devonshire, Duncan Scholefield, José Fernández, Barry Axcell, Luke Ramsay, Hans R. Waterham, Robbie Waugh, Frederica L. Theodoulou (Lead / Corresponding author), Michael J. Holdsworth (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    In oilseed plants, peroxisomal ß-oxidation functions not only in lipid catabolism but also in jasmonate biosynthesis and metabolism of pro-auxins. Subfamily D ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters mediate import of ß-oxidation substrates into the peroxisome, and the Arabidopsis ABCD protein, COMATOSE (CTS), is essential for this function. Here, the roles of peroxisomal ABCD transporters were investigated in barley, where the main storage compound is starch. Barley has two CTS homologues, designated HvABCD1 and HvABCD2, which are widely expressed and present in embryo and aleurone tissues during germination. Suppression of both genes in barley RNA interference (RNAi) lines indicated roles in metabolism of 2,4-dichlorophenoxybutyrate (2,4-DB) and indole butyric acid (IBA), jasmonate biosynthesis, and determination of grain size. Transformation of the Arabidopsis cts-1 null mutant with HvABCD1 and HvABCD2 confirmed these findings. HvABCD2 partially or completely complemented all tested phenotypes of cts-1. In contrast, HvABCD1 failed to complement the germination and establishment phenotypes of cts-1 but increased the sensitivity of hypocotyls to 100 µM IBA and partially complemented the seed size phenotype. HvABCD1 also partially complemented the yeast pxa1/pxa2? mutant for fatty acid ß-oxidation. It is concluded that the core biochemical functions of peroxisomal ABC transporters are largely conserved between oilseeds and cereals but that their physiological roles and importance may differ.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4833-4847
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
    Issue number17
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


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