Adaptation of bacterial cellsto toxic aromatic hydrocarbons

Rivka Cahan, Esti Michael, Nissim Swissa

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Aromatic hydrocarbons affect the environment, and in particular the fauna and flora. Organic solvents are among the most toxic chemicals. Biodegradation of these molecules has been found under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Bacteria utilize these compounds as an energy and carbon source. Microorganisms have evolved various biochemical and physiological adaptation mechanisms which protect them from the lethal effects of organic solvents. The adaptation mechanisms include: alteration of the properties of the bacterial cell membrane, morphological and bacterial proteome changes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProkaryotes
Subtitle of host publicationPhysiology, Biochemistry and Cell Behavior
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781634632843
ISBN (Print)9781633215924
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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  • Aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Bacterial proteome
  • Outer membrane vesicles
  • Porins and efflux pumps


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