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Application of hairy roots for phytoremediation: what makes them an interesting tool for this purpose?
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PMID:  23287856     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In recent years, hairy roots (HRs) have been successfully used as research tools for screening the potentialities of different plant species to tolerate, accumulate, and/or remove environmental pollutants, such as PCBs, TNT, pharmaceuticals, textile dyes, phenolics, heavy metals, and radionuclides. This is in part due to several advantages of this plant model system and the fact that roots have evolved specific mechanisms to deal with pollutants because they are the first organs to have contact with them. In addition, by using HRs some metabolic pathways and enzymatic catalyzed reactions involved in pollutants detoxification can be elucidated as well as the mechanisms of uptake, transformation, conjugation, and compartmentation of pollutants in vacuoles and/or cell walls, which are important detoxification sites in plants. Plant roots also stimulate the degradation of contaminants by the release of root exudates and oxido-reductive enzymes, such as peroxidases (Px) and laccases, that are associated with the removal of some organic pollutants. HRs are also considered good alternatives as enzyme sources for remediation purposes. Furthermore, application of genetic engineering methods and development of microbe-assisted phytoremediation are feasible strategies to enhance plant capabilities to tolerate, accumulate, and/or metabolize pollutants and, hence, to create or find an appropriate plant system for environmental cleanup. The present review highlights current knowledge, recent progress, areas which need to be explored, and future perspectives related to the application and improvement of the efficiency of HRs for phytoremediation research.
Elizabeth Agostini; Melina A Talano; Paola S González; Ana L Wevar Oller; María I Medina
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-4
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Title:  Applied microbiology and biotechnology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-0614     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8406612     Medline TA:  Appl Microbiol Biotechnol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Departamento de Biología Molecular, FCEFQyN, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (UNRC), Ruta Nacional 36 Km 601, CP 5800, Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina,
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