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Barley has two peroxisomal ABC transporters with multiple functions in ?-oxidation


Anne Medhurst

Carlo van Roermund

Xuebin Zhang

Jean Devonshire

Duncan Scholefield

Barry Axcell

Luke Ramsay

Hans Waterham

Robbie Waugh

Frederica Theodoulou


In oilseed plants, peroxisomal ?-oxidation functions not only in lipid catabolism but also in jasmonate biosynthesis and metabolism of pro-auxins. Subfamily D ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters mediate import of ?-oxidation substrates into the peroxisome, and the Arabidopsis ABCD protein, COMATOSE (CTS), is essential for this function. Here, the roles of peroxisomal ABCD transporters were investigated in barley, where the main storage compound is starch. Barley has two CTS homologues, designated HvABCD1 and HvABCD2, which are widely expressed and present in embryo and aleurone tissues during germination. Suppression of both genes in barley RNA interference (RNAi) lines indicated roles in metabolism of 2,4-dichlorophenoxybutyrate (2,4-DB) and indole butyric acid (IBA), jasmonate biosynthesis, and determination of grain size. Transformation of the Arabidopsis cts-1 null mutant with HvABCD1 and HvABCD2 confirmed these findings. HvABCD2 partially or completely complemented all tested phenotypes of cts-1. In contrast, HvABCD1 failed to complement the germination and establishment phenotypes of cts-1 but increased the sensitivity of hypocotyls to 100 ?M IBA and partially complemented the seed size phenotype. HvABCD1 also partially complemented the yeast pxa1/pxa2? mutant for fatty acid ?-oxidation. It is concluded that the core biochemical functions of peroxisomal ABC transporters are largely conserved between oilseeds and cereals but that their physiological roles and importance may differ.


Mendiondo, G. M., Medhurst, A., van Roermund, C., Zhang, X., Devonshire, J., Scholefield, D., …Holdsworth, M. (2014). Barley has two peroxisomal ABC transporters with multiple functions in β-oxidation. Journal of Experimental Botany, 65(17), 4833-4847.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 6, 2014
Online Publication Date Jun 9, 2014
Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jul 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 3, 2019
Print ISSN 0022-0957
Electronic ISSN 1460-2431
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Issue 17
Pages 4833-4847
Public URL
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PMID 24913629


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