Advances in Microbial Physiology, Vol. 53 by Robert K. Poole

By Robert K. Poole

Advances in Microbial body structure is among the so much winning and prestigious sequence from educational Press, an imprint of Elsevier. It publishes topical and demanding studies, studying body structure to incorporate all fabric that contributes to our knowing of the way microorganisms and their part elements paintings. First released in 1967, the editors have consistently striven to interpret microbial body structure within the broadest context and feature by no means constrained the contents to "traditional" perspectives of entire telephone body structure. Now edited via Professor Robert Poole, collage of Sheffield, Advances in Microbial body structure remains to be an influential and intensely good reviewed sequence.

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Of these compounds, the methylated tellurides are considered to have the more ‘‘disagreeable character’’. An interesting anecdote is that garlic as a nutriceutical appears to have the ability to reduce cholesterol levels, and garlic tends to accumulate Te; incidentally, tellurite has been shown to have hypocholesterolaemic effects (Larner, 1995). Methylation of selenium and tellurium in microorganisms has been extensively reviewed by Chasteen and Bentley (2003) and the reader is directed there for an extensive overview.

For example, one recognizes that the redox chemistry of the reaction of tellurite with nitrate reductase is unbalanced, as nitrate reductase would undergo two electron reductions and the reduction of TeO2À to Te0 would require four electrons. The two electron reduced 3 2À TeO3 would likely result in the formation of a radical species or radical oxygen ions being formed. Furthermore, the reaction of tellurite with glutathione would sequester glutathione and change the glutathione/ glutaredoxin/ thioredoxin redox balance as well as produce H2O2 and O2dÀ , as discussed above.

A study in R. , 2000). Selenite was processed more efficiently than selenate in this organism. Although volatilization is not significant, R. , 1997). The selenium uptake system in R. sphaeroides operates at very low concentrations of selenium oxyanions. , 2000). The physiology of the organism appears to initially put any excess Se into a form very similar to selenomethionine, or even selenomethionine itself. , 1996). 42 DAVIDE ZANNONI ET AL. It has been suggested that members of the Rhodospirillaceae family utilize oxidized compounds, including Te and Se oxyanions, to get rid of the excess electrons produced in anaerobic photosynthesis (Moore and Kaplan, 1992, 1994).

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