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Species in the Solanaceae family are known for producing plethora of specialized metabolites. In addition to biosynthesis pathways, a full comprehension of secondary metabolism must also take into account the transport and subcellular compartmentalization of substances. Here, we examined the MATE (Multidrug and Toxic Compound Extrusion, or Multi-Antimicrobial Extrusion) gene family in the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) genome with the objective of better understanding the transport of secondary metabolites in this model species. MATE membrane effluxers encompass an ancient gene family of secondary transporters present in all kingdoms of life, but with a remarkable expansion in plants. They mediate the transport of primary and secondary metabolites using the proton motive force through several membrane systems of the cell.

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Santos, Adolfo Luís Dos., Chaves-Silva, Samuel., Yang, Lina., Maia, Lucas Gontijo Silva., Chalfun-Júnior, Antonio., Sinharoy, Senjuti.,… Benedito, Vagner Augusto. (2017). Global Analysis Of The Mate Gene Family Of Metabolite Transporters In Tomato. Bmc Plant Biology, 17(1).