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Advances and the Application Value of Plant Copper Transporters  

Yanyu Sun , Jinyu Zhang , Donglin Guo
College of Life Science and Technology, Harbin Normal University, The Molecular Genetics and Genetics Breeding Key Laboratory of Heilongjiang Provence, Harbin, 150025, China
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Plant Gene and Trait, 2020, Vol. 11, No. 8   doi: 10.5376/pgt.2020.11.0008
Received: 24 Jun., 2020    Accepted: 25 Jul., 2020    Published: 31 Aug., 2020
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Sun Y.Y., Zhang J.Y., and Guo D.L., 2020, Advances and the application value of plant copper transporters, Plant Gene and Trait, 11(8): 1-12 (doi: 10.5376/pgt.2020.11.0008)


Copper pollution in soil leads to poor crop quality and low yield, which is a major problem in agricultural production. Plant copper transporters have functions of copper absorption, chelation, compartmentation and metabolic utilization, and participate in the regulation of copper homeostasis in plant. This review presumptively summarizes the gene expression characteristics, subcellular localization and the effecting of knockout or overexpression genes of plant copper transporters; emphatically illuminates the roles of plant copper transporters in copper uptake and root retention, long-distance transport, intracellular compartmentalization and accumulation in reproductive organs; and put forwards the research direction and prospect. The aim is to provide scientific theoretical basis for the screening and cultivation of copper-tolerant crops in order to prevent the potential threat of food safety in agricultural land with slight copper contamination, and help to establish efficient crop breeding mechanism and reasonable planting measures.

Plant; Copper contamination; Copper transporter
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