Nramp5 is a major transporter responsible for manganese and cadmium uptake in rice

Plant Cell. 2012 May;24(5):2155-67. doi: 10.1105/tpc.112.096925. Epub 2012 May 15.


Paddy rice (Oryza sativa) is able to accumulate high concentrations of Mn without showing toxicity; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying Mn uptake are unknown. Here, we report that a member of the Nramp (for the Natural Resistance-Associated Macrophage Protein) family, Nramp5, is involved in Mn uptake and subsequently the accumulation of high concentrations of Mn in rice. Nramp5 was constitutively expressed in the roots and encodes a plasma membrane-localized protein. Nramp5 was polarly localized at the distal side of both exodermis and endodermis cells. Knockout of Nramp5 resulted in a significant reduction in growth and grain yield, especially when grown at low Mn concentrations. This growth reduction could be partially rescued by supplying high concentrations of Mn but not by the addition of Fe. Mineral analysis showed that the concentration of Mn and Cd in both the roots and shoots was lower in the knockout line than in wild-type rice. A short-term uptake experiment revealed that the knockout line lost the ability to take up Mn and Cd. Taken together, Nramp5 is a major transporter of Mn and Cd and is responsible for the transport of Mn and Cd from the external solution to root cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cadmium / metabolism*
  • Manganese / metabolism*
  • Membrane Transport Proteins / metabolism*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oryza / metabolism*
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism*


  • Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Plant Proteins
  • Cadmium
  • Manganese

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AB698459