Special Issue "Microbial Responses to Metal Stress, Molecular Mechanisms, Challenges and Implications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 11464
Interests: microbial responses to stress; metallic nanoparticles; antioxidant responses; autophagy; metal biosensors; metallothioneins
Interests: microbial responses to stress; persistence and survival of pathogens in the environment; role of protists in the ecology and evolution of bacterial pathogens; stress responses and virulence
Metal ions are essential trace elements, but most are toxic in excess amounts. Microorganisms have evolved sophisticated strategies to maintain metal homeostasis, withstand metal toxicity or even use toxic metals to growth. Among others, these mechanisms include metal efflux and reduced uptake, formation of metal complexes and sequestration, reduction of metal ions and activation of antioxidant responses. Over the last decades, integrated omic technologies are being applied to unravel the genetics and molecular basis underlying metal stress responses in different microbial models. Recently, the field has just started to explore how microorganisms interact with metallic nanoparticles. Knowledge on microbial responses to metals can help us to solve environmental issues. For instance, metal resistant microorganisms can be exploited to clean up metal contaminated sites or monitor metal pollution. However, metal resistance may have serious implications, as some metal tolerance mechanisms appear to contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This Special Issue aims to address recent advances on the microbial responses to metals and metallic nanoparticles, resistance mechanisms in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, and potential applications on environmental and health-related issues. Research articles and reviews on these topics are welcome.
Prof. Ana Maria Martín-González
Dr. Francisco Amaro
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- Heavy metal stress
- metal resistance
- microbial stress responses
- metal pollution
- heavy metal
- oxidative stress