Journal article

Kinetics of NH4 influx in spruce

HJ Kronzucker, MY Siddiqi, ADM Glass

PLANT PHYSIOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 1996

Abstract

Influxes of 13NH4+ across the root plasmalemma were measured in intact seedlings of Picea glauca (Moench) Voss. Two kinetically distinct uptake systems for NH4+ were identified. In N-deprived plants, a Michaelis-Menten-type high-affinity transport system (HATS) operated in a 2.5 to 350 [mu]M range of external NH4+ concentration ([NH4 +]o). The Vmax of this HATS was 1.9 to 2.4 [mu]mol g-1 h-1, and the Km was 20 to40 [mu]M. At [NH4+]o from 500 [mu]M to 50 mM, a linear low-affinity system (LATS) was apparent. Both HATS and LATS were constitutive. A time-dependence study of NH4+ influx in previously N-deprived seedlings revealed a small transient increase of NH4+ influx after 24 h of exposure to..

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