Author(s): Hirota R, Hata Y, Ikeda T, Ishida T, Kuroda A
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Abstract Silicon (Si) is considered to be a "quasiessential" element for most living organisms. However, silicate uptake in bacteria and its physiological functions have remained obscure. We observed that Si is deposited in a spore coat layer of nanometer-sized particles in Bacillus cereus and that the Si layer enhances acid resistance. The novel acid resistance of the spore mediated by Si encapsulation was also observed in other Bacillus strains, representing a general adaptation enhancing survival under acidic conditions.
This article was published in J Bacteriol
and referenced in Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense