Cadmium uptake and defense mechanism in insect cells.

@article{Braeckman1999CadmiumUA,
  title={Cadmium uptake and defense mechanism in insect cells.},
  author={Bart P. Braeckman and Guy Smagghe and N Brutsaert and R. Cornelis and H. D. B. Raes},
  journal={Environmental research},
  year={1999},
  volume={80 3},
  pages={
          231-43
        }
}
The uptake of cadmium and the defense mechanism against this heavy metal were studied in the Aedes albopictus C6/36 cell line. The internalization of cadmium was a very quick process and exhibited saturation kinetics over the metal concentration gradient (1.37 to 131 micromol/L). Cd toxicity and influx were both shown to be temperature dependent. The uptake was not influenced by a 2, 4-dinitrophenol pretreatment but was significantly decreased by the Ca2+ antagonist verapamil. These data… CONTINUE READING
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