OsNRAMP1 transporter contributes to cadmium and manganese uptake in rice

Jia Dong Chang, Sheng Huang, Naoki Yamaji, Wenwen Zhang, Jian Feng Ma, Fang Jie Zhao

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Rice is a major dietary source of the toxic metal, cadmium (Cd). Previous studies reported that the rice transporter, OsNRAMP1, (Natural resistance-associated macrophage protein 1) could transport iron (Fe), Cd and arsenic (As) in heterologous yeast assays. However, the in planta function of OsNRAMP1 remains unknown. Here, we showed that OsNRAMP1 was able to transport Cd and manganese (Mn) when expressed in yeast, but did not transport Fe or As. OsNRAMP1 was mainly expressed in roots and leaves and encoded a plasma membrane-localized protein. OsNRAMP1 expression was induced by Cd treatment and Fe deficiency. Immunostaining showed that OsNRAMP1 was localized in all root cells, except the central vasculature, and in leaf mesophyll cells. The knockout of OsNRAMP1 resulted in significant decreases in root uptake of Cd and Mn and their accumulation in rice shoots and grains, and increased sensitivity to Mn deficiency. The knockout of OsNRAMP1 had smaller effects on Cd and Mn uptake than knockout of OsNRAMP5, while knockout of both genes resulted in large decreases in the uptake of the two metals. Taken together, OsNRAMP1 contributes significantly to the uptake of Mn and Cd in rice, and the functions of OsNRAMP1 and OsNRAMP5 are similar but not redundant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2476-2491
Number of pages16
JournalPlant Cell and Environment
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2020


  • OsNRAMP1
  • cadmium
  • food safety
  • manganese
  • metal transporter
  • rice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


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