Functional properties of the Arabidopsis peptide transporters AtPTR1 and AtPTR5

Ulrich Z. Hammes, Stefan Meier, Daniela Dietrich, John M. Ward, Doris Rentsch

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The Arabidopsis di- and tripeptide transporters AtPTR1 and AtPTR5 were expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes, and their selectivity and kinetic properties were determined by voltage clamping and by radioactive uptake. Dipeptide transport by AtPTR1 and AtPTR5 was found to be electrogenic and dependent on protons but not sodium. In the absence of dipeptides, both transporters showed proton-dependent leak currents that were inhibited by Phe-Ala (AtPTR5) and Phe-Ala, Trp-Ala, and Phe-Phe (AtPTR1). Phe-Ala was shown to reduce leak currents by binding to the substrate-binding site with a high apparent affinity. Inhibition of leak currents was only observed when the aromatic amino acids were present at the N-terminal position. AtPTR1 and AtPTR5 transport activity was voltage-dependent, and currents increased supralinearly with more negative membrane potentials and did not saturate. The voltage dependence of the apparent affinities differed between Ala-Ala, Ala-Lys, and Ala-Asp and was not conserved between the two transporters. The apparent affinity of AtPTR1 for these dipeptides was pH-dependent and decreased with decreasing proton concentration. In contrast to most proton-coupled transporters characterized so far, -Imax increased at high pH, indicating that regulation of the transporter by pH overrides the importance of protons as co-substrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39710-39717
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number51
StatePublished - Dec 17 2010


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