Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology
versão impressa ISSN 1677-0420
CARDOSO, Patrícia Felippe et al. Response of Crotalaria juncea to nickel exposure. Braz. J. Plant Physiol. [online]. 2005, vol.17, n.2, pp. 267-272. ISSN 1677-0420. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1677-04202005000200010.
The response of Crotalaria juncea seedlings to nickel (Ni) was investigated. Ni was shown to accumulate mainly in the root system, with little being translocated to the shoots. Catalase (CAT) and glutathione reductase (GR) responses to Ni were also analyzed. CAT activity did not exhibit a clear trend in response to Ni exposure, whereas GR activity appeared to respond to the stress induced by Ni. The results suggest that in C. juncea GR participates in the detoxification of Ni-induced reactive oxygen species via the glutathione-ascorbate cycle.
Palavras-chave : antioxidant enzymes; heavy metals; nickel; reactive oxygen species.