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Environmental Research
Volume 194, 2021, 110691

Bioaccumulation of uranium by Candida utilis: Investigated by water chemistry and biological effects

Lei Liua,b, Jinwu Chena, Fang Liua, Wencheng Songa,c, Yubing Sund

Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Medical Physics and Technology, Institute of Health & Medical Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, 230031, PR China.


The bioaccumulation of hexavalent uranium (U(VI)) on Candida utilis (C. utilis) and its biological effects were investigated via batch and biologic techniques. The bioaccumulation mechanism of U(VI) and C. utilis were characterized by SEM, TEM, FT-IR and XPS. The batch results showed that C. utilis had a high adsorption capacity (41.15 mg/g wet cells at pH 5.0) and high equilibrium rate (~100% within 3.5 h). The analysis of intracellular hydrogen peroxides and malondialdehyde suggested that the growth of C. utilis was inhibited under different concentrations of U(VI) due to the abundant production of reactive oxide species. The activity of intracellular antioxidants (e.g., super oxide dismutase and glutathione) was significantly enhanced under U(VI) stress, indicating the anti-toxic effect of C. utilis cells under low U(VI) stress. These results indicated that C. utilis is an ideal biosorbent for removing radionuclides in environmental remediation.

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