Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 183–194 | Cite as

Hexavalent chromium reduction by an actinomycete, Arthrobacter crystallopoietes ES 32

  • F. A.O Camargo
  • F. M. Bento
  • B. C. Okeke
  • W. T. Frankenberger


Environmental contamination by hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI), presents a serious public health problem. This study assessed the reduction of Cr(VI) by intact cells and a cell-free extract (CFE) of an actinomycete, Arthrobacter crystallopoietes (strain ES 32), isolated from soil contaminated with dichromate. Both intact cells and CFE of A. crystallopoietes, displayed substantial reduction of Cr(VI). Intact cells reduced about 90% of the Cr(VI) added within 12 h and Cr(VI) was almost completely reduced after 24 h. The KM and Vmax of Cr(VI) bioreduction by intact cells were 2.61 µM and 0.0142 µmol/min/mg protein, respectively. Cell-free chromate reductase of the A. crystallopoietes (ES 32) reduced hexavalent chromium at a KM of 1.78 µM and a Vmax of 0.096 µmol/min/mg protein. The rate constant (k) of chromate reduction was inversely related to Cr(VI) concentration and the half-life (t1/2) of Cr(VI) reduction increased with increasing concentration. A. crystallopoietes produced a periplasmic chromate reductase that was stimulated by NADH. Results indicate that A. crystallopoietes ES 32 can be used to detoxify Cr(VI) in polluted sites, particularly in stressed environments.

Index Entries

Bioremediation bioreduction hexavalent chromium Arthrobacter crystallopoietes cell-free chromate reductase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. A.O Camargo
    • 1
  • F. M. Bento
    • 1
  • B. C. Okeke
    • 1
  • W. T. Frankenberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaRiverside

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