Tissue specific expression of UMAMIT amino acid transporters in wheat. Academic Article uri icon


  • Wheat grain protein content and composition are important for its end-use quality. Protein synthesis during the grain filling phase is supported by the amino acids remobilized from the vegetative tissue, the process in which both amino acid importers and exporters are expected to be involved. Previous studies identified amino acid importers that might function in the amino acid remobilization in wheat. However, the amino acid exporters involved in this process have been unexplored so far. In this study, we have curated the Usually Multiple Amino acids Move In and out Transporter (UMAMIT) family of transporters in wheat. As expected, the majority of UMAMITs were found as triads in the A, B, and D genomes of wheat. Expression analysis using publicly available data sets identified groups of TaUMAMITs expressed in root, leaf, spike, stem and grain tissues, many of which were temporarily regulated. Strong expression of TaUMAMITs was detected in the late senescing leaves and transfer cells in grains, both of which are the expected site of apoplastic amino acid transport during grain filling. Biochemical characterization of selected TaUMAMITs revealed that TaUMAMIT17 shows a strong amino acid export activity and might play a role in amino acid transfer to the grains.

published proceedings

  • Sci Rep

author list (cited authors)

  • Fang, Z. T., Kapoor, R., Datta, A., & Okumoto, S.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Fang, Ze Tian||Kapoor, Rajan||Datta, Aniruddha||Okumoto, Sakiko

publication date

  • January 2022