, Volume 43, Issue 9, pp 1012–1013 | Cite as

Lunar soil and Zagami meteorite inhibit biosynthesis of itoic acid, a siderophore



Lunar soil, Zagami meteorite, and Gorda Ridge ocean basalt inhibited the synthesis of iotic acid and coproporphyrin III in iron-deficientBacillus subtilis cultures. Synthetic ilmenite did not. The results indicated that the three natural samples served as sources of iron for the organism, but the ilmenite did not.

Key words

Siderophore Bacillus subtilis itoic acid porphyrin lunar soil meteorite ilmenite 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Ito
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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