The ins and outs of transporters at plasma membrane and tonoplast in plant specialized metabolism

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Plants are organic chemists par excellence and produce an amazing array of diverse chemical structures. Whereas primary metabolites are essential for all living organisms and highly conserved, the specialized metabolites constitute the taxonomy-specific chemical languages that are key for fitness and survival. Allocation of plants' wide array of specialized metabolites in patterns that are fine-tuned spatiotemporally is essential for adaptation to the ever-changing environment and requires transport processes. Thus advancing our knowledge about transporters is important as also evidenced by the increasing number of transporters that control key quality traits in agriculture. In this review, we will highlight recently identified transporters and new insights related to already known transporters of plant specialized metabolites. Focus will be on the transport mechanism revealed by the biochemical characterization and how that links to its function in planta.

Graphical abstract: The ins and outs of transporters at plasma membrane and tonoplast in plant specialized metabolism

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Article type
Review Article
Submitted
28 Feb 2022
First published
28 Apr 2022

Nat. Prod. Rep., 2022, Advance Article

The ins and outs of transporters at plasma membrane and tonoplast in plant specialized metabolism

B. A. Halkier and D. Xu, Nat. Prod. Rep., 2022, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D2NP00016D

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