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Tseng, YY, Yu, CW and Liao, VH (2007) Caenorhabditis elegans expresses a functional ArsA. FEBS J. 274:2566-72


Because arsenic is the most prevalent environmental toxin, it is imperative that we understand the mechanisms of metalloid detoxification. In prokaryotes, arsenic detoxification is accomplished by chromosomal and plasmid-borne operon-encoded efflux systems. Bacterial ArsA ATPase is the catalytic component of an oxyanion pump that is responsible for resistance to arsenite (As(III)) and antimonite (Sb(III)). Here, we describe the identification of a Caenorhabditis elegans homolog (asna-1) that encodes the ATPase component of the Escherichia coli As(III) and Sb(III) transporter. We evaluated the responses of wild-type and asna-1-mutant nematodes to various metal ions and found that asna-1-mutant nematodes are more sensitive to As(III) and Sb(III) toxicity than are wild-type animals. These results provide evidence that ASNA-1 is required for C. elegans' defense against As(III) and Sb(III) toxicity. A purified maltose-binding protein (MBP)-ASNA-1 fusion protein was biochemically characterized, and its properties compared with those of ArsAs. The ATPase activity of the ASNA-1 protein was dependent on the presence of As(III) or Sb(III). As(III) stimulated ATPase activity by 2 +/- 0.2-fold, whereas Sb(III) stimulated it by 4.6 +/- 0.15-fold. The results indicate that As(III)- and Sb(III)-stimulated ArsA ATPase activities are not restricted to bacteria, but extend to animals, by demonstrating that the asna-1 gene from the nematode, C. elegans, encodes a functional ArsA ATPase whose activity is stimulated by As(III) and Sb(III) and which is critical for As(III) and Sb(III) tolerance in the intact organism.


PubMed Online version:10.1111/j.1742-4658.2007.05791.x


Adenosine Triphosphate/metabolism; Animals; Antimony/toxicity; Arsenic/toxicity; Arsenite Transporting ATPases/biosynthesis; Arsenite Transporting ATPases/metabolism; Caenorhabditis elegans/enzymology; Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins/biosynthesis; Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins/metabolism; Kinetics; Temperature



Gene product Qualifier GO Term Evidence Code with/from Aspect Extension Notes Status



GO:0016887: ATP hydrolysis activity

ECO:0000314: direct assay evidence used in manual assertion


Seeded From UniProt




GO:0071722: detoxification of arsenic-containing substance

ECO:0000315: mutant phenotype evidence used in manual assertion


Seeded From UniProt


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