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Title: Phytoextraction of toxic metals: a central role for glutathione
Authors: Seth, C.S.
Remans, Tony
Keunen, Els
Jozefczak, Marijke
Gielen, Heidi
Opdenakker, Kelly
Weyens, Nele
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Cuypers, Ann
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT, 35(2), p. 334-346
Abstract: Phytoextraction has a promising potential as an environmentally friendly clean-up method for soils contaminated with toxic metals. To improve the development of efficient phytoextraction strategies, better knowledge regarding metal uptake, translocation and detoxification in planta is a prerequisite. This review highlights our current understanding on these mechanisms, and their impact on plant growth and health. Special attention is paid to the central role of glutathione (GSH) in this process. Because of the high affinity of metals to thiols and as a precursor for phytochelatins (PCs), GSH is an essential metal chelator. Being an important antioxidant, a direct link between metal detoxification and the oxidative challenge in plants growing on contaminated soils is observed, where GSH could be a key player. In addition, as redox couple, oxidized and reduced GSH transmits specific information, in this way tuning cellular signalling pathways under environmental stress conditions. Possible improvements of phytoextraction could be achieved by using transgenic plants or plant-associated microorganisms. Joined efforts should be made to cope with the challenges faced with phytoextraction in order to successfully implement this technique in the field.
Notes: Reprint Address: Cuypers, A (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, Agoralaan Bldg, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium - Addresses: 1. Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium - 2. Inst Himalayan Bioresource Technol, Biotechnol Div, Council Sci & Ind Res, Palampur 176061, Himachal Prades, India - E-mail Address: seth_bhu@yahoo.co.in, ann.cuypers@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13118
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.2011.02338.x
ISI #: 000298795600012
ISSN: 0140-7791
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
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