Silicon efflux transporters isolated from two pumpkin cultivars contrasting in Si uptake

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The accumulation of silicon (Si) differs greatly with plant species and cultivars due to different ability of the roots to take up Si. In Si accumulating plants such as rice, barley and maize, Si uptake is mediated by the influx (Lsi1) and efflux (Lsi2) transporters. Here we report isolation and functional analysis of two Si efflux transporters (CmLsi2-1 and CmLsi2-2) from two pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata Duch.) cultivars contrasting in Si uptake. These cultivars are used for rootstocks of bloom and bloomless cucumber, respectively. Different from mutations in the Si influx transporter CmLsi1, there was no difference in the sequence of either CmLsi2 between two cultivars. Both CmLsi2-1 and CmLsi2-2 showed an efflux transport activity for Si and they were expressed in both the roots and shoots. These results confirm our previous finding that mutation in CmLsi1, but not in CmLsi2-1 and CmLsi2-2 are responsible for bloomless phenotype resulting from low Si uptake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)991-994
Number of pages4
JournalPlant Signaling and Behavior
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Bloom
  • Cucumber
  • Efflux transporter
  • Pumpkin
  • Silicon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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