Ultrastructural examination of Aeromonas cultured in the presence of organic lead.
Silverberg, B A
Aeromonas sp. will methylate trimethyl lead acetate (Me3PbOAc) to volatile tetramethyl lead (Me4Pb). Examination of cultures grown in the presence of Me3PbOAc revealed no major irregularities between cells of the treated and untreated cultures. Some cells, however, showed evidence that intracytoplasmic materials had been leached from the cells. The lead-treated cells were interpreted to contain lead ions on the basis of energy-dispersive X-ray analysis.