Marine bacteria can extract all phosphate from seawater using positive charge of their cell membrane

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https://www.diamond.ac.uk/Science/Research/Highlights/2020/Marine-bacteria-can-extract-all-phosphate-from-seawater-using-positive-charge-of-their-cell-membrane.html

Period27 Oct 2020

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  • TitleMarine bacteria can extract all phosphate from seawater using positive charge of their cell membrane
    Media name/outletDiamond Light Source
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date27/10/20
    DescriptionScientists have discovered how the most abundant marine bacteria – fundamental to life on Earth – can extract all phosphate from seawater using positive charge of their cell membrane.

    The findings, which have been published in Nature Communications, show how a bacterial cell enveloped in two layers of membrane uses its energetic capacity to positively charge the inner membrane in order to extract negatively-charged phosphate from seawater. The acquired phosphate is then stocked inside the bacterial “skin” - the periplasmic space between the outer and inner membranes. This is contrary to long-held view that bacteria acquire phosphate by keeping the periplasmic space void of phosphate to make it diffuse from the outside.
    URLhttps://www.diamond.ac.uk/Science/Research/Highlights/2020/Marine-bacteria-can-extract-all-phosphate-from-seawater-using-positive-charge-of-their-cell-membrane.html
    PersonsMikhail Zubkov