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Induction of Oxidative Stress and Antioxidative Mechanisms in Arabidopsis thaliana after Uranium Exposure at pH 7.5.

Saenen E, Horemans N, Vanhoudt N, Vandenhove H, Biermans G, Van Hees M, Wannijn J, Vangronsveld J, Cuypers A - Int J Mol Sci (2015)

Bottom Line: In the roots, the increased capacities of ascorbate peroxidase and glutathione reductase indicate an important role for the ascorbate-glutathione cycle during U-induced stress.However, a significant decrease in the ascorbate redox state was observed after exposure to 75 and 100 µM U, indicating that those roots are severely stressed.However, at higher U concentrations it seems that the antioxidative defence system of the leaves collapses as reductions in enzyme activities and gene expression levels were observed.

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Affiliation: Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Biosphere Impact Studies, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Belgium. eline.saenen@sckcen.be.

ABSTRACT
To evaluate the environmental impact of uranium (U) contamination, it is important to investigate the effects of U at ecologically relevant conditions. Since U speciation, and hence its toxicity, strongly depends on environmental pH, the present study aimed to investigate dose-dependent effects of U at pH 7.5. Arabidopsis thaliana plants (Mouse-ear Cress) were exposed for three days to different U concentrations at pH 7.5. In the roots, the increased capacities of ascorbate peroxidase and glutathione reductase indicate an important role for the ascorbate-glutathione cycle during U-induced stress. However, a significant decrease in the ascorbate redox state was observed after exposure to 75 and 100 µM U, indicating that those roots are severely stressed. In accordance with the roots, the ascorbate-glutathione cycle plays an important role in the antioxidative defence systems in A. thaliana leaves exposed to U at pH 7.5 as the ascorbate and glutathione biosynthesis were upregulated. In addition, small inductions of enzymes of the antioxidative defence system were observed at lower U concentrations to counteract the U-induced stress. However, at higher U concentrations it seems that the antioxidative defence system of the leaves collapses as reductions in enzyme activities and gene expression levels were observed.

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Uranium concentration (µg·g−1 DW) in Arabidopsis thaliana roots (A) and leaves (B) exposed to different U concentrations for three days at pH 7.5. Statistical analyses were done separately for leaves and roots. Each point represents the mean ± standard error (S.E.) of at least four biological replicates. Data points with different letters are significantly different (p < 0.05).
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ijms-16-12405-f001: Uranium concentration (µg·g−1 DW) in Arabidopsis thaliana roots (A) and leaves (B) exposed to different U concentrations for three days at pH 7.5. Statistical analyses were done separately for leaves and roots. Each point represents the mean ± standard error (S.E.) of at least four biological replicates. Data points with different letters are significantly different (p < 0.05).

Mentions: Exposure of Arabidopsis thaliana plants to U for three days resulted in a concentration-dependent increase of the U concentration in the roots and leaves (Figure 1A,B). However, the U concentration in the roots is about 300 times higher than in the leaves, indicating a small root-to-shoot translocation of U.


Induction of Oxidative Stress and Antioxidative Mechanisms in Arabidopsis thaliana after Uranium Exposure at pH 7.5.

Saenen E, Horemans N, Vanhoudt N, Vandenhove H, Biermans G, Van Hees M, Wannijn J, Vangronsveld J, Cuypers A - Int J Mol Sci (2015)

Uranium concentration (µg·g−1 DW) in Arabidopsis thaliana roots (A) and leaves (B) exposed to different U concentrations for three days at pH 7.5. Statistical analyses were done separately for leaves and roots. Each point represents the mean ± standard error (S.E.) of at least four biological replicates. Data points with different letters are significantly different (p < 0.05).
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ijms-16-12405-f001: Uranium concentration (µg·g−1 DW) in Arabidopsis thaliana roots (A) and leaves (B) exposed to different U concentrations for three days at pH 7.5. Statistical analyses were done separately for leaves and roots. Each point represents the mean ± standard error (S.E.) of at least four biological replicates. Data points with different letters are significantly different (p < 0.05).
Mentions: Exposure of Arabidopsis thaliana plants to U for three days resulted in a concentration-dependent increase of the U concentration in the roots and leaves (Figure 1A,B). However, the U concentration in the roots is about 300 times higher than in the leaves, indicating a small root-to-shoot translocation of U.

Bottom Line: In the roots, the increased capacities of ascorbate peroxidase and glutathione reductase indicate an important role for the ascorbate-glutathione cycle during U-induced stress.However, a significant decrease in the ascorbate redox state was observed after exposure to 75 and 100 µM U, indicating that those roots are severely stressed.However, at higher U concentrations it seems that the antioxidative defence system of the leaves collapses as reductions in enzyme activities and gene expression levels were observed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Biosphere Impact Studies, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Belgium. eline.saenen@sckcen.be.

ABSTRACT
To evaluate the environmental impact of uranium (U) contamination, it is important to investigate the effects of U at ecologically relevant conditions. Since U speciation, and hence its toxicity, strongly depends on environmental pH, the present study aimed to investigate dose-dependent effects of U at pH 7.5. Arabidopsis thaliana plants (Mouse-ear Cress) were exposed for three days to different U concentrations at pH 7.5. In the roots, the increased capacities of ascorbate peroxidase and glutathione reductase indicate an important role for the ascorbate-glutathione cycle during U-induced stress. However, a significant decrease in the ascorbate redox state was observed after exposure to 75 and 100 µM U, indicating that those roots are severely stressed. In accordance with the roots, the ascorbate-glutathione cycle plays an important role in the antioxidative defence systems in A. thaliana leaves exposed to U at pH 7.5 as the ascorbate and glutathione biosynthesis were upregulated. In addition, small inductions of enzymes of the antioxidative defence system were observed at lower U concentrations to counteract the U-induced stress. However, at higher U concentrations it seems that the antioxidative defence system of the leaves collapses as reductions in enzyme activities and gene expression levels were observed.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus