Transport activity of rice sucrose transporters OsSUT1 and OsSUT5

Ye Sun, Anke Reinders, Kathryn R. Lafleur, Toko Mori, John M. Ward

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Expression in Xenopus oocytes and electrophysiology was used to test for transport activity of the five sucrose transporter (SUT) homologs from rice. Expression of OsSUT1 and OsSUT5 resulted in sucrose-dependent currents that were analyzed by two-electrode voltage clamping. We examined the transport kinetics, substrate specificity and pH dependence of sucrose transport and K0.5 for sucrose. OsSUT1 showed similar features to those of other type II SUTs from monocots examined previously, with a K0.5 value of 7.50 mM at pH 5.6. In contrast, OsSUT5 had a higher substrate affinity (K0.5 = 2.32 mM at pH 5.6), less substrate specificity and less pH dependence compared with all type II SUTs tested to date. Regulation of the rice SUTs, as well as ZmSUT1 from maize and HvSUT1 from barley, by reduced (GSH) and oxidized (GSSG) forms of glutathione was tested. GSSG and GSH were found to have no significant effect on the activity of sucrose transporters when expressed in Xenopus oocytes. In conclusion, differences in transport activity between OsSUT1 and OsSUT5 indicate that type II SUTs have a range of transport activities that are tuned to their function in the plant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-122
Number of pages9
JournalPlant and Cell Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Department of Energy [DE-FG02-07ER15886 to J.M.W.].


  • Electrophysiology
  • Oryza sativa
  • OsSUT1
  • OsSUT5
  • Rice
  • Sucrose transporter


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