, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 97–111

Excess nickel modulates activities of carbohydrate metabolizing enzymes and induces accumulation of sugars by upregulating acid invertase and sucrose synthase in rice seedlings


DOI: 10.1007/s10534-012-9597-8

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Mishra, P. & Dubey, R.S. Biometals (2013) 26: 97. doi:10.1007/s10534-012-9597-8


The effects of increasing concentrations of nickel sulfate, NiSO4 (200 and 400 μM) in the growth medium on the content of starch and sugars and activity levels of enzymes involved in starch and sugar metabolism were examined in seedlings of the two Indica rice cvs. Malviya-36 and Pant-12. During a 5–20 day growth period of seedlings in sand cultures, with Ni treatment, no definite pattern of alteration in starch level could be observed in the seedlings. In both roots and shoots of the seedlings Ni treatment led to a significant decrease in activities of starch degrading enzymes α-amylase, β-amylase, whereas starch phosphorylase activity increased. The contents of reducing, non-reducing, and total sugars increased in Ni-treated rice seedlings with a concomitant increase in the activities of sucrose degrading enzymes acid invertase and sucrose synthase. However, the activity of sucrose synthesizing enzyme sucrose phosphate synthase declined. These results suggest that Ni toxicity in rice seedlings causes marked perturbation in metabolism of carbohydrates leading to increased accumulation of soluble sugars. Such perturbation could serve as a limiting factor for growth of rice seedlings in Ni polluted environments and accumulating soluble sugars could serve as compatible solutes in the cells under Ni toxicity conditions.


Nickel toxicityCarbohydrate metabolismStarchSugarsInvertaseSucrose synthaseOryza sativa L.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryFaculty of Science, Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia