Sulfide alleviates cadmium toxicity in Arabidopsis plants by altering the chemical form and the subcellular distribution of cadmium.

Author(s) Guan, M.Yan; Zhang, H.Hua; Pan, W.; Jin, C.Wei; Lin, X.Yong
Journal Sci Total Environ
Date Published 2018 Jun 15

Several sulfur compounds are thought to play important roles in the plant tolerance to cadmium (Cd), but the role of inorganic sulfide in Cd tolerance remains largely unknown. In this study, we found that Cd exposure increased the accumulation of soluble sulfide in Arabidopsis plants. When exogenous sulfide, in the form of NaHS, was foliarly applied, Cd-induced growth inhibition and oxidative stress were alleviated. In addition, although the foliar application of sulfide did not affect the total Cd levels, it significantly decreased the soluble Cd fractions in plants. Furthermore, foliar applications of sulfide decreased Cd distribution in the cytoplasm and organelles, but increased Cd retention in the cell wall, which is a less sensitive compartment. These results suggest that the Cd-induced accumulation of soluble sulfide alleviates Cd toxicity in plants by inactivating Cd and sequestering it into the cell wall.

DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.245
ISSN 1879-1026
Citation Sci Total Environ. 2018;627:663670.

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