Intracellular Accumulation

The assimilation of metals by bacteria plays an important role in detoxification. Sigg (1987) presented a probable scenario for intracellular accumulation. Extracellular ligands or ligands attached to the cell wall are thought to bind toxic metals. These ligands transport the complexed metals through the cell wall in a slow transport step. The metals are released inside the cell, incorporated into biochemical pathways, or trapped in an inactive form via complexation with another high-affinity ligand.

Cadmium is accumulated by a large number of organisms. Research by Macaskie et al. (1987) on Citrobacter suggests that it is accumulated as cell-bound cadmium phosphate. This is presumably a detoxification mechanism and is similar to the accumulation of lead as PbHPO4 by a different Citrobacter sp., as suggested by Aickin et al. (1979). The ability of certain bacterial cells to accumulate metals intra-cellularly has been exploited in mining practices, particularly in the management of effluent treatment lagoons. Uranium has been shown to accumulate rapidly in cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and many other species of bacteria, and the process is used when mining low-grade uranium deposits.

Body Detox Made Easy

Body Detox Made Easy

What exactly is a detox routine? Basically a detox routine is an all-natural method of cleansing yourbr body by giving it the time and conditions it needs to rebuild and heal from the damages of daily life and the foods you eat and other substances you intake. There are many different types of known detox routines.

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