Molybdenum Binding by Pseudomonas aeruginosa Academic Article uri icon


  • The uptake of molybdenum by certain bacteria hinders its role as a trace metal in the micronutrients for plant growth. The binding of molybdenum by the Gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, PAO1, has been investigated. A molybdenum complex of uronic acid, which forms in the extracellular polysaccharide layer (slime), was isolated and characterized by a variety of techniques. Comparisons with 'mimic' compounds of uronic acids suggest that Pseudomonas aeruginosa, PAO1, produces a binuclear, di-oxo-bridged magnesium salt MgMo2O4(C6H8O7)2.5H2O; this indicates the important role of uronic acids in metallic uptake by bacteria.

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  • 1986