Biometals

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 30–40 | Cite as

Silver resistance in Pseudomonas stutzeri

  • R. M. Slawson
  • E. M. Lohmeier-Vogel
  • H. Lee
  • J. T. Trevors
Research Papers

Abstract

Silver resistance was studied in a silver-resistant Pseudomonas stutzeri AG259 strain and compared to a silver-sensitive P. stutzeri JM303 strain. Silver resistance was not due to silver complexation to intracellular polyphosphate or the presence of low molecular weight metal-binding protein(s). Both the silver-resistant and silver-sensitive P. stutzeri strains produced H2S, with the silver-resistant AG259 strain producing lower amounts of H2S than the silver-sensitive JM303 strain. However, intracellular acid-labile sulfide levels were generally higher in the silver-resistant P. stutzeri AG259 strain. Silver resistance may be due to formation of silver-sulfide complexes in the silver-resistant P. stutzeri AG259 strain.

Keywords

bacteria hydrogen sulfide Pseudomonas stutzeri resistance silver accumulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. Slawson
    • 1
  • E. M. Lohmeier-Vogel
    • 1
  • H. Lee
    • 1
  • J. T. Trevors
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental BiologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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