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Phosphate relieves chromium toxicity in Arabidopsis thaliana plants by interfering with chromate uptake.
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PMID:  24549595     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Soil contamination by hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI) or chromate] due to anthropogenic activities has become an increasingly important environmental problem. Mineral nutrients such as phosphate (Pi), sulfate and nitrate have been reported to attenuate Cr(VI) toxicity, but the underlying mechanisms remain to be clarified. Here, we show that chromate activates the expression of low-Pi inducible reporter genes AtPT1 and AtPT2 in Arabidopsis thaliana transgenic seedlings. Primary-root growth was inhibited by 60 % in AtPT2::uidA-expressing seedlings upon exposure to 140-μM Cr(VI). However, increasing the Pi and sulfate supply to the seedlings that were experiencing Cr(VI) toxicity completely and partially restored the root growth, respectively. This effect correlated with the Cr(VI)-induced AtPT2::uidA expression being completely reversed by addition of Pi. To evaluate whether the nutrient supply may affect the endogenous level of Cr in plants grown under toxic Cr(VI) levels, the contents of Cr were measured (by ICP-MS analyses) in seedlings treated with Cr and with or without Pi, sulfate or nitrate. It was found that Cr accumulation increases tenfold in plants treated with 140-μM Cr(VI) without modifying the phosphorus concentration in the plant. In contrast, the supply of Pi specifically decreased the Cr content to levels similar to those found in seedlings grown in medium without chromate. Taken together, these results show that in A. thaliana seedlings the uptake of Cr(VI) is reduced by Pi. Moreover, our data indicate that Pi and sulfate supplements may be useful in strategies for handling Cr-contaminated soils.
Authors:
José López-Bucio; Fátima Hernández-Madrigal; Carlos Cervantes; Randy Ortiz-Castro; Yazmín Carreón-Abud; Miguel Martínez-Trujillo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-2-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biometals : an international journal on the role of metal ions in biology, biochemistry, and medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-8773     ISO Abbreviation:  Biometals     Publication Date:  2014 Feb 
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Created Date:  2014-2-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9208478     Medline TA:  Biometals     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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