Borate transport and cell growth and proliferation: Not only in plants

Meeyoung Park, Qin Li, Nikolay Shcheynikov, Shmuel Muallem, Weizong Zeng

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Boron is an abundant mineral essential for the life cycle of plants and may play a role in animal development and growth. Very little is known about boron homeostasis in plant and animal cells and the physiological roles of boron in animals. The recent identification of boron transporters, BOR1 in plants and NaBC1 in mammals, and that NaBC1 functions as an electrogenic Na +-coupled borate transporter essential for cell growth and proliferation open the way to probe the roles of boron in cellular function and physiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-26
Number of pages3
JournalCell Cycle
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • BOR1
  • Boron
  • Growth
  • NaBC1
  • Proliferation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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