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Antimicrobial activity of metals and metalloids

Li, Yuan Ping, Fekih, Ibtissem Ben, Chi Fru, Ernest ORCID:, Moraleda-Munoz, Aurelio, Li, Xuanji, Rosen, Barry P., Yoshinaga, Masafumi and Rensing, Christopher 2021. Antimicrobial activity of metals and metalloids. Annual Review of Microbiology 75 , pp. 175-197. 10.1146/annurev-micro-032921-123231

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Competition shapes evolution. Toxic metals and metalloids have exerted selective pressure on life since the rise of the first organisms on the Earth, which has led to the evolution and acquisition of resistance mechanisms against them, as well as mechanisms to weaponize them. Microorganisms exploit antimicrobial metals and metalloids to gain competitive advantage over other members of microbial communities. This exerts a strong selective pressure that drives evolution of resistance. This review describes, with a focus on arsenic and copper, how microorganisms exploit metals and metalloids for predation and how metal- and metalloid-dependent predation may have been a driving force for evolution of microbial resistance against metals and metalloids.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Annual Reviews
ISSN: 1545-3251
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 June 2021
Date of Acceptance: 5 February 2021
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 04:59

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