Magnesium promotes root growth and increases aluminum tolerance via modulation of nitric oxide production in Arabidopsis

Dongxu Li, Wenna Ma, Jian Wei, Yawen Mao, Zhongping Peng, Jiarong Zhang, Xiangying Kong, Qinqin Han, Wei Fan, Ye Yang, Jianghua Chen, Liangquan Wu, Zed Rengel, Xiuming Cui, Qi Chen

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Abstract

Background and aims: Aluminum (Al) toxicity and magnesium (Mg) deficiency often coexist in acidic soils. Nitric oxide (NO) is involved in diverse physiological processes and stress responses. Here, we investigated the role of NO in Mg-mediated root growth promotion and Al tolerance in Arabidopsis. Methods: Physiological and pharmacological methods together with molecular and genetic analyses were used. Results: Al toxicity- and Mg deficiency-induced NO production contributed to inhibition of primary root growth. In contrast, Mg supply promoted root growth associated with decreasing NO production under Al stress and/or Mg deficiency conditions. Magnesium decreased the activities and expression of the genes related to NO biosynthesis enzymes in Col-0 roots. The NO-associated protein 1 mutant noa1 and the nitrate reductase mutant nia1nia2 with impaired NO production showed Al toxicity- and Mg deficiency-insensitive phenotypes, further confirming involvement of NO in Mg-mediated root growth promotion and alleviation of Al toxicity. Conclusions: Taken together, our results suggested that Mg-mediated enhancement of root growth and Al tolerance is associated with altering NO production in Arabidopsis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPlant and Soil
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Aug 2019

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