TitleRegulation of Na+ and K+ homeostasis in plants: towards improved salt stress tolerance in crop plants.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsAlmeida, DM, M Oliveira, M, Saibo, NJM
JournalGenet Mol Biol
Issue1 suppl 1
Date Published2017

<p>Soil salinity is a major abiotic stress that results in considerable crop yield losses worldwide. However, some plant genotypes show a high tolerance to soil salinity, as they manage to maintain a high K+/Na+ ratio in the cytosol, in contrast to salt stress susceptible genotypes. Although, different plant genotypes show different salt tolerance mechanisms, they all rely on the regulation and function of K+ and Na+ transporters and H+ pumps, which generate the driving force for K+ and Na+ transport. In this review we will introduce salt stress responses in plants and summarize the current knowledge about the most important ion transporters that facilitate intra- and intercellular K+ and Na+ homeostasis in these organisms. We will describe and discuss the regulation and function of the H+-ATPases, H+-PPases, SOS1, HKTs, and NHXs, including the specific tissues where they work and their response to salt stress.</p>

Alternate JournalGenet Mol Biol
PubMed ID28350038
PubMed Central IDPMC5452131