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Biometals

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 311–316 | Cite as

Microbial interactions with aluminium

  • Rogelio Garcidueñas Piña
  • Carlos Cervantes
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Abstract

Although aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust, it lacks biological functions and shows a low bioavailability. Acid rain, however, solubilizes aluminium to toxic levels. Most research on the biological effects of aluminium has been centred on the analysis of aluminium-tolerant plants as well as its possible relationship with neurological disorders in humans. Also, several studies have been reported concerning aluminium effects on microorganisms, with more interest directed to cyanobacteria, soil bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi. Competition with iron and magnesium, and binding to DNA, membranes or cell walls are considered the main toxic effects of aluminium in microbes.

Keywords

aluminium interaction microbe 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rogelio Garcidueñas Piña
    • 1
  • Carlos Cervantes
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones Quimico-Biologicas, Universidad MichoacanaMoreliaMexico

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