Nickel uptake and intracellular localization in Cupriavidus pauculus KPS 201, native to ultramafic ecosystem
Arundhati Pal, A. K. Paul
DOI: 10.4236/abb.2010.14036   PDF    HTML     5,996 Downloads   11,576 Views   Citations


The nickel-resistant bacterium, Cupriavidus pauculus KPS 201 was isolated from the rhizosphere of Rinorea bengalensis (Wall.) O. K. endemic to metal-percolated ultramafic ecosystem of Andaman, India. This study investigates nature of Ni resistance, growth associated uptake and localization of Ni in cellular compartments of KPS 201. Growth kinetics of C. pauculus KPS 201 exhibited a typical inducible Ni resistance in Ni-supplemented (1.0-10.0 mM) Tris-minimal medium. The Ni-induced cells showed a high degree of Ni resistance and accumulated a maximum of 29.3 µM Ni/g protein after 48 h of growth in 5 mM Ni. The accumulated Ni was preferentially retained (90.6%) in the periplasm and was associated with the expression of two periplasmic proteins (74 and 66 kDa) under Ni-induced condition. Inducible nickel resistance in C. pauculus KPS 201 may possibly be due to extracytoplasmic binding and accumulation coupled with expression of specific periplasmic proteins. These findings will provide an insight in understanding metal-microbe interaction in geogenous environments and their exploitation in bioremediation of heavy metal pollutants.

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Pal, A. and Paul, A. (2010) Nickel uptake and intracellular localization in Cupriavidus pauculus KPS 201, native to ultramafic ecosystem. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 1, 276-280. doi: 10.4236/abb.2010.14036.

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