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© 2017 CSIRO. Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) is one of the key innovations in the Neotropical family Bromeliaceae that has enabled many of its species to occupy seasonally water-limited terrestrial environments or microclimatically arid epiphytic niches. However, the relationship between CAM activity and the transport processes responsible for vacuolar organic-acid accumulation at night has not been systematically explored in this family. In the present investigation, ATP-and PPi-dependent proton transport rates were studied in tonoplast membrane vesicles isolated from leaves of six CAM and one C3 species of bromeliads. A consistent feature of these species was the high activity of the tonoplast ATP-driven H+ pump, which, when averaged across the seven species tested, showed a higher specific activity than the tonoplast PPi-driven H+ pump. For all CAM species, the rate of ATP-dependent proton transport into the tonoplast vesicles was strongly influenced by the nature of the balancing organic-acid anion, which displayed the following order of effectiveness: fumarate>malate>citrate. Measurements of leaf organic-acid content in six CAM bromeliads at dusk and dawn showed that nocturnal accumulation of malate exceeded citrate by a factor of ∼2.4-20.0-fold in five of six bromeliad species used in this study, demonstrating a close correlation between the CAM rhythm and the intrinsic properties of the vacuolar membrane across which these organic acids are transported.

Original publication

DOI

10.1071/FP16293

Type

Journal article

Journal

Functional Plant Biology

Publication Date

01/01/2017

Volume

44

Pages

646 - 653