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Plasmid. 1992 Jan;27(1):41-51.

Copper resistance determinants in bacteria.

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Microbial Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology Group, School of Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Copper is an essential trace element that is utilized in a number of oxygenases and electron transport proteins, but it is also a highly toxic heavy metal, against which all organisms must protect themselves. Known bacterial determinants of copper resistance are plasmid-encoded. The mechanisms which confer resistance must be integrated with the normal metabolism of copper. Different bacteria have adopted diverse strategies for copper resistance, and this review outlines what is known about bacterial copper resistance mechanisms and their genetic regulation.

PMID:
1741459
DOI:
10.1016/0147-619x(92)90005-u
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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