Biological and microcalorimetric studies of the toxic effect of organoarsenic(V) compounds to wild strain of Bacillus thuringiensis

Mohammad Russel, Jun Yao, Huilun Chen, Fei Wang, Yong Zhou, Rensheng Zhuang, Martin M.F. Choi, Brunello Ceccanti, Polonca Trebse, Gyula Zaray

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Abstract

Microcalorimetric and biological methods were carried out to determine the toxicity of dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) and monomethylarsonic acid (MMA) to wild strain of Bacillus thuringiensis. Thermokinetic parameters were obtained from the power-time curves, showing that the peak-heat output power, total heat output, and number of colonies decreased with the increases in concentration of DMA and MMA. In addition, the generation time and peak maximal time increased with the increases in the dosage of DMA and MMA. The half inhibitory concentrations of DMA and MMA were 99.02 and 142.02 λ.gmL-1, respectively for the wild strain of B. thuringiensis. DMA shows higher toxicity to bacteria than MMA. The toxicity resistance of B. thuringiensis against organoarsenic(V) is quite high for the wild strain. Our work demonstrates that micro-calorimetry is a very sensitive, simple, and useful technique for in vitro investigation of the toxic effect of organoarsenic(V) on microbial activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-203
Number of pages12
JournalBiological Trace Element Research
Volume131
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2009

Keywords

  • Bacillus thuringiensis
  • Half inhibitory doses
  • Microcalorimetry
  • Optical density
  • Toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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