Boron in plants and animals: Is there a role beyond cell-wall structure?
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2007
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Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science
Volume 170, Issue 1, pages 39–48, February, 2007
How to Cite
Goldbach, H. E. and Wimmer, M. A. (2007), Boron in plants and animals: Is there a role beyond cell-wall structure?. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci., 170: 39–48. doi: 10.1002/jpln.200625161
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 DEC 2006
- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
- rhamnogalacturonan II;
- B-binding molecules;
- metabolic functions;
The role of boron (B) as a structural element of plant cell walls and its implications for plant growth have been well established. However, increasing evidence suggests one or more functions of boron beyond cell-wall structure. This evidence arises from studies conducted with a large variety of organisms, such as plants, animals, and bacteria. In animals, embryogenic development seems to depend on adequate boron supply, and cell lines with a knockout of the Na+-coupled boron transporter NaBC1, the mammalian homolog of Arabidopsis thaliana boron transporter AtBor1, stop to develop and proliferate. In bacteria, boron is an essential part of a signal molecule required for quorum sensing. This review aims to summarize some recent advances from plant, animal, and microbiological research related to the functions of boron and to highlight open questions for further research.