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Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2013 Jan 1;100:171-5. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2012.06.003. Epub 2012 Jun 15.

Effects of Americium-241 and humic substances on Photobacterium phosphoreum: bioluminescence and diffuse reflectance FTIR spectroscopic studies.

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Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences, 410049 Saratov, Russia.


The integral bioluminescence (BL) intensity of live Photobacterium phosphoreum cells (strain 1883 IBSO), sampled at the stationary growth stage (20 h), was monitored for further 300 h in the absence (control) and presence of (241)Am (an α-emitting radionuclide of a high specific activity) in the growth medium. The activity concentration of (241)Am was 2 kBq l(-1); [(241)Am]=6.5×10(-11) M. Parallel experiments were also performed with water-soluble humic substances (HS, 2.5 mg l(-1); containing over 70% potassium humate) added to the culture medium as a possible detoxifying agent. The BL spectra of all the bacterial samples were very similar (λ(max)=481±3 nm; FWHM=83±3 nm) showing that (241)Am (also with HS) influenced the bacterial BL system at stages prior to the formation of electronically excited states. The HS added per se virtually did not influence the integral BL intensity. In the presence of (241)Am, BL was initially activated but inhibited after 180 h, while the system (241)Am+HS showed an effective activation of BL up to 300 h which slowly decreased with time. Diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy, applied to dry cell biomass sampled at the stationary growth phase, was used to control possible metabolic responses of the bacteria to the α-radioactivity stress (observed earlier for other bacteria under other stresses). The DRIFT spectra were all very similar showing a low content of intracellular poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (at the level of a few percent of dry biomass) and no or negligible spectroscopic changes in the presence of (241)Am and/or HS. This assumes the α-radioactivity effect to be transmitted by live cells mainly to the bacterial BL enzyme system, with negligible structural or compositional changes in cellular macrocomponents at the stationary growth phase.

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