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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
ISSN: 0717-3458
Vol. 18, No. 6, 2015, pp. 418-427
Bioline Code: ej15071
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 18, No. 6, 2015, pp. 418-427

 en Copper-induced adaptation, oxidative stress and its tolerance in Aspergillus niger check for this species in other resources UCP1261
Cavalcanti Luna, Marcos A.; Vieira, Edson Rodrigues; Okada, Kaoru; Campos-Takaki, Galba Maria & do Nascimento, Aline Elesbão


Background: The effects of exposure to copper, during growth, on the production of biomass, total protein, catalase, glutathione-S transferase, glutathione peroxidase, peroxidase, polyphosphate, acid and alkaline phosphatases, ultrastructure and the ability to remove this metal from Aspergillus niger check for this species in other resources , obtained from caatinga soil, were evaluated.
Results: All parameters testedwere influenced by the concentration of metal in the culturemedium. The presence of metal induced high levels of antioxidant enzymes, including lipid peroxidation, thereby revealing the appearance of an oxidative stress response. The variation in polyphosphate levels indicates the participation of the polymer in response to stress induced by copper. The activities of the phosphatases were positively influenced by growing them in the presence of copper. Ultrastructure changes in the cell surface, electron density, thickness, and septation were visualized by exposing cells to increasingly larger concentrations of metal. The isolate was able to remove the agent from the growth medium, while maintaining its physiological functions. The metal removed from the cultures exposed to 0.5 mM, 1 mM and 2 mM copper exhibited percentages of removal equivalent to 75.78%, 66.04% and 33.51%.
Conclusions: The results indicate that the isolate was able to grow in high concentrations of copper, activates mechanisms for adaptation and tolerance in the presence of metal, and is highly efficient at removing the agent. Such data are fundamental if a better understanding is to be reached of the cellular and molecular abilities of native isolates, which can be used to develop bioprocesses in environmental and industrial areas.

Aspergillus niger; Antioxidant enzyme; Copper removal; Polyphosphate; Ultrastructure

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