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KAT1 is not essential for stomatal opening.

It is generally accepted that K(+) uptake into guard cells via inward-rectifying K(+) channels is required for stomatal opening. To test whether the guard cell K(+) channel KAT1 is essential for stomatal opening, a knockout mutant, KAT1En-1, was isolated from an En-1 mutagenized Arabidopsis thaliana population. Stomatal action and K(+) uptake, however, were not impaired in KAT1-deficient plants. Reverse transcription-PCR experiments with isolated guard cell protoplasts showed that in addition to KAT1, the K(+) channels AKT1, AKT2/3, AtKC1, and KAT2 were expressed in this cell type. In impalement measurements, intact guard cells exhibited inward-rectifying K(+) currents across the plasma membrane of both wild-type and KAT1En-1 plants. This study demonstrates that multiple K(+) channel transcripts exist in guard cells and that KAT1 is not essential for stomatal action.[1]


  1. KAT1 is not essential for stomatal opening. Szyroki, A., Ivashikina, N., Dietrich, P., Roelfsema, M.R., Ache, P., Reintanz, B., Deeken, R., Godde, M., Felle, H., Steinmeyer, R., Palme, K., Hedrich, R. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2001) [Pubmed]
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