Metabolism of added orthovanadate to vanadyl and high-molecular-weight vanadates by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.


The effect of vanadium oxides on living systems may involve the in vivo conversion of vanadate and vanadyl ions. The addition of 5 mM orthovanadate (VO4(3-), V(V)), a known inhibitor of the (Na,K)-ATPase, to yeast cells stopped growth. In contrast, the addition of 5 mM vanadyl (VO2+, V(IV) stimulated growth. Orthovanadate addition to whole cells is known to… (More)