Biologia Plantarum

, 37:101 | Cite as

Changes in nitrogen metabolism enzyme activities ofVicia faba in response to aluminum and cadmium

  • A. M. Shalaby
  • S. A. M. Al-Wakeel
Original Papers


Nodules of faba bean (Vicia faba L. cv. Giza 3) plants grown in pots containing clay-loam soil for 90 d have an active nitrate reductase (NR), while the leaves did not show detectable activity. Spraying the plant with increasing concentrations of Al3+ or Cd2+ (0–1000 μM) significantly inhibited the nodules NR activity, the decline being more pronounced in Cd2+ treatment. The specific activity of glutamate-oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT) and glutamate-pyruvate transaminase (GPT) were more prominent in the 60- than in 90-d-old plants; GOT was always higher than GPT. Furthermore, GOT was more sensitive to Al3+ and Cd2+ treatments and its activity was significantly decreased when the metal concentration increased. Also, Cd2+ proved to be more effective than Al3+ in suppressing the GOT activity in the nodules, with less significant effect observed in the leaves. In contrast, GPT was hardly affected by the various metal treatments, particulary in the leaves.

Key words

faba bean glutamate-oxaloacetate transaminase glutamate-pyruvate transaminase heavy metals nitrate reductase nodules 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Shalaby
    • 1
  • S. A. M. Al-Wakeel
    • 1
  1. 1.Botany Department, Faculty of ScienceCairo UniversityGizaEgypt

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