Absence of detectable arsenate in DNA from arsenate-grown GFAJ-1 cells

Marshall Louis Reaves, Sunita Sinha, Joshua D. Rabinowitz, Leonid Kruglyak, Rosemary J. Redfield

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Abstract

A strain of Halomonas bacteria, GFAJ-1, has been claimed to be able to use arsenate as a nutrient when phosphate is limiting and to specifically incorporate arsenic into its DNA in place of phosphorus. However, we have found that arsenate does not contribute to growth of GFAJ-1 when phosphate is limiting and that DNA purified from cells grown with limiting phosphate and abundant arsenate does not exhibit the spontaneous hydrolysis expected of arsenate ester bonds. Furthermore, mass spectrometry showed that this DNA contains only trace amounts of free arsenate and no detectable covalently bound arsenate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)470-473
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume337
Issue number6093
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 27 2012

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    Reaves, M. L., Sinha, S., Rabinowitz, J. D., Kruglyak, L., & Redfield, R. J. (2012). Absence of detectable arsenate in DNA from arsenate-grown GFAJ-1 cells. Science, 337(6093), 470-473. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1219861