DDT: Inhibition of Sodium Chloride Tolerance by the Blue-Green Alga Anacystis nidulans

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Science  09 Jun 1972:
Vol. 176, Issue 4039, pp. 1141-1143
DOI: 10.1126/science.176.4039.1141


Anacystis nidulans, a freshwater blue-green alga, has been found to lerate sodium chloride (1 percent by weight) and DDT [1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis chlorophenyl) ethane] (800 parts per billion) separately, but growth was inhibited in the presence of both compounds. This inhibition was reversed by an increased calcium concentration. It is possible that inhibition of (Na+,K+)-activated adenosine triphosphatase) by DDT causes this species to lose the ability to lerate sodium chloride.

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