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EurAsian Journal of BioSciences

Eurasia J Biosci 6, 1-10 (2012)


Effect of heavy metals on plasma membrane lipids

and antioxidant enzymes of Zygophyllum species
Amal Ahmed Morsy1, Karima Hamid Ali Salama2, Hend Ahmed Kamel1,
Mohamed Magdy Fahim Mansour2*
1Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
2Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding author:

Background: Heavy metals are major environmental pollutant when they present in high
concentration in soil and have toxic effects on growth and development of plants. Industrial
activities result in heavy metal pollution of large areas of land, which greatly affects natural
vegetation. Understanding the mechanism of how plants combat heavy metals adverse effects is
hence of great importance.
Materials and Methods: Two different localities were chosen; one locality was in the vicinity of
gypsum factory and the other one was 25 km away from the factory. Two Zygophyllum species (Z.
album and Z. coccineum) were naturally grown in the studied areas. The effects of soil heavy metal
stress on shoot heavy metal concentrations, lipid peroxidation, antioxidant enzyme activities and
the root plasma membrane (PM) lipid composition were analyzed.
Results: Heavy metal concentrations and Lipid peroxidation increased in the shoot of both species
grown in the polluted area. The activities of ascorbate oxidase (ASO), guaiacal peroxidase (GPX),
ascorbate peroxidase (APX) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) were increased whereas these of
catalase (CAT) were decreased in both species under the polluted conditions. PM total lipids,
phospholipids, glycolipids and sterols were decreased in Z. album and Z. coccineum as a result of the
polluted soil. Heavy metal stress increased phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and decreased
phosphatidylinositol (PI) and phophatidylglycerol (PG), with no significant change in
phosphatidylcholine (PC) in the root PM of both species. Phosphatidylserine (PS) decreased in the
PM of Z. album whereas it increased in the PM of Z. coccineum under the pollution conditions. Heavy
metal stress changed the composition and concentration of fatty acids of the root PM, resulting in
increased sat/unsat ratio of both species.
Conclusion: the results suggest that efficient antioxidant machinery and favorable PM lipid
homeostasis are important to enable Zygophyllum species to withstand the prevailing heavy metal
Keywords: Antioxidant enzyme, fatty acid, heavy metal, lipid peroxidation, plasma membrane lipid,
Zygophyllum sp.
Morsy AA, Salama HHA, Kamel HA, Mansour MMF (2012) Effect of heavy metals on plasma
membrane lipids and antioxidant enzymes of Zygophyllum species. Eurasia J Biosci 6: 1-10.

Heavy metals are defined as group of elements
that have specific weights higher than about 5
g/cm3. Iron, Mn, Mo, Ni, Zn and Cu are essential
micronutrients that required for normal growth and
metabolic processes in plants (Vangronsveld and
Clijsters 1994). Cd, Pb, Cr and Hg are nonessential
and highly toxic for plants (Devi and Prasad 1998,
Sebastiani et al. 2004, Rai et al. 2004). Heavy metals
inhibit physiological processes such as respiration,
photosynthesis, cell elongation and affect plant
water relationship as well as mineral nutrition
(Vangronsveld and Clijsters 1994, Zornoza et al.
2002). Large areas of land are contaminated with
heavy metals resulting from urban activities,

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agricultural practices and industry (Khan et al. 2000,

Ciemense 2001).
Damage of the cellular membranes, especially for
the plasma membrane, is one of the primary events
in heavy metal toxic effects in plants (Harwood
1995, Janicka et al. 2008). Heavy metals disrupt
cellular membranes resulting in the conversion of
unsaturated fatty acids into small hydrocarbon
fragments such as malondialdehyde (Tappel 1973,
Kappus 1985). Metal ions can also replace calcium
ions at its essential sites on the membranes (Breckle
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and Kahle 1991). Furthermore, plant plasma

membrane is dynamic and its lipid composition/
structure is changed with variations in the external
environment. Plasma membrane changes might
have an adaptive value or injuriously affects
membrane properties and functions (Mansour et al.
2003, Mansour and Salama 2004).
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are regarded as
the main source of damage to cells under the biotic
and abiotic stresses (Mittler 2002, Candan and
Tarhan 2003, Gara et al. 2003, Vaidyanathan et al.
2003). This is because under normal conditions
production and destruction of ROS is well regulated
in cell metabolism (Mittler 2002). When a plant is in
the harsh conditions, ROS production will overcome
scavenging systems and oxidative stress will burst.
ROS includes superoxide (O2.-), hydrogen peroxide
(H2O2) and hydroxyl radical (HO) (Mittler 2002). ROS
are highly cytotoxic and can seriously react with vital
bio-molecules such as lipids, proteins, nucleic acid,
these can cause lipid peroxidation, protein
denaturation and DNA mutation (Mittler 2002,
Quiles and Lpez 2004). Plants have developed
various protective mechanisms to eliminate or
reduce ROS deleterious effects (Mittler 2002, Beak
and Skinner 2003). Antioxidant system consists of
Enzymatic antioxidants include superoxide
dismutase, catalase, peroxidases, glutathione
reductase and ascorbate reductase (Mittler 2002,
Candan and Tarhan 2003). Non-enzymatic
antioxidants are ascorbate, glutathione, tocopherol
and carotenoids.
The current study was undertaken to analyze the
changes in the heavy metal composition, plasma
membrane lipids, lipid peroxidation and antioxidant
enzymes of two Zygopyllum species (Zygophyllum
album and Zygophyllum coccinum) grown in their
natural habitats in absence and presence of heavy
metal pollution. These changes will be correlated
with the responses of the two Zygopyllum species
grown in polluted and non-polluted habitats.

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The study areas and plant materials
The present work was conducted in two different
desert habitats at south Sinai, Egypt; the first habitat
was Ras Malaab where the factory of gypsum exists.
The second habitat was Wadi Thal placed 25 km
away from the factory. The plant species used in the
present investigation were Zygophyllum album L.
and Zygophyllum coccineum L.
Soil samples
The samples of two composite soil were collected
at three depths (0-20 cm, 20-40 cm and 40-60 cm).
One sample was collected near an industrial effluent
channel and the other sample was collected 25 km
away. The soil samples collection were replicated
three times over space. Granulometric analyses of
the soil samples were accomplished using the sieve
method according to Jackson (1967). Soil-water
extract (1:10) was used for the different
determinations as described by Richards (1954). Al,
Cu, Zn, and Fe were determined using atomic
absorptions spectrophotometer (Unicam 929 AA,
UK) as described by Black (1965).
Plant samples
The samples of shoot and root of both species
were collected from their natural vegetation in Ras
Malaab and Wadi Thal. The samples were replicated
three times over space. The samples were kept in
liquid nitrogen immediately after collection, and
then stored under -80C for the further analysis.
Determination of antioxidant enzyme
The shoots were homogenized in a chilled mortar
for 30s using 50 mM potassium phosphate buffer
(pH 7). Homogenates were centrifuged at 15,000 g
at 4C and the supernatant was used for enzyme
activities. The activity of APX was measured
according to Zhang et al. (2007). The reaction
mixture contained 50 mM potassium-phosphate
buffer, 0.5 mM L-ascorbate, 0.1 mM H2O2 and the
enzyme extract. H2O2 dependent oxidation of
ascorbate was followed by a decrease in absorbance
at 290 nm. APX activity was expressed as the
absorbance decrease (E) min-1 g-1 F. W. GPX activity
was estimated according to Hammerschmidt et al.

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(1982). The reaction mixture contained 25 mM

potassium phosphate buffer (pH 7.0), 0.2 mM
guaiacol, 0.09 mM H2O2 and the enzyme extract.
H2O2-dependent oxidation of guaiacol was followed
by an increase of absorbance at 470 nm. Enzyme
activity was calculated as the increase of absorbance
(E) min-1 g-1 F. W. For ASO, the method of Chinoy et
al. (1976) was used. The reaction mixture consisted
of 1 mL of 0.1 mM ascorbic acid, 1 mL of 0.5 mM
phosphate buffer (pH 6.8) and 2 mL of enzyme
extract. This reaction mixture was incubated at 37C
for 25 min. After incubation, the 2, 6-dichlorophenol
indophenol was added and the absorbance was
measured at 620 nm. CAT activity was assayed
spectrophotometrically (Hitachi U-3000, Japan) by
measuring the decrease in absorbance at 240 nm
because of H2O2 decomposition (Zhang et al. 2007).
SOD activity was determined by measuring the
inhibition of the auto-oxidation of pyrogallol using a
method described by Zhang et al. (2007). Ten mL of
the reaction mixture comprised: 3.6 mL of distilled
water, 0.1 mL of the enzyme extract, 5.5 mL of 50
mM phosphate buffer (pH 7.8) and 0.8 mL of 3 mM
pyrogallol (dissolved in 10 mM HCl). The rate of
pyrogallol reduction was measured at 325 nm using
UV- spectrophotometer. One unit of enzyme activity
was defined as the amount of the enzyme that
resulted in 50% inhibition of the auto-oxidation rate
of pyrogallol at 25C (Zhang et al. 2007). The enzyme
activity was expressed as unit/mg protein.
Determination of malondialdehyde (MDA)
MDA content, as an indicator of lipid
peroxidation, was determined using the procedure
described by Zhang et al. (2007). The plant shoot was
homogenized in 1% trichloroacetic acid and then
centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for 15 min. Supernatant
was heated with 0.05 thiobarbituric acid for 30 min
at 95C. The heated supernatant was then
centrifuged at 5000 rpm for 5 min and the
absorbance was measured at 532 and 600 nm.
Plasma membrane isolation
Two-phase partitioning method (Mansour et al.
2002, Salama et al. 2007) was used to isolate the
root PM of Zygophyllum album and Zygophyllum
coccinum. The root was washed in cold bidistilled
water and homogenized in a blender with a

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homogenization medium (the pH was adjusted to 7.5

with Hepps-KOH): 250 mM sucrose, 5 mM EGTA, 5
mM EDTA, 10 mM KF, 25 mM MOPS, and 1 mM PMSF.
Two mM of DTT was added as powder. The
homogenization of the root tissue was carried out
three times for 20-s each with a 10-s pause. The
homogenate was filtered through miracloth. A new
homogenization medium was added to the tissue
and was homogenized once again. The pooled
solution was centrifuged at 10,000 g for 20 min. The
supernatant containing the PM and other
membranes was then centrifuge at 50,000 g for 1 h.
The microsomal membrane pellet was resuspended
in 5 mM potassium phosphate buffer (pH 7.8)
containing 250 mM sucrose and 4 mM KCl. The PM
were prepared by partitioning of microsomal
suspension in 27 g aqueous polymer two-phase
system containing 6.5% dextrane T-500 (Pharmacia),
6.5% polyethylene glycol 3350 (Sigma) in 250 mM
sucrose, 5 mM potassium phosphate buffer (pH 7.8),
4 mM KCl and 25 mM DTT. Into the two-phase
system 108 L of the solution (333 mM DTE and 33.3
mM EDTA) was added, mixed thoroughly and
centrifuged at 1,500 g for 5 min. The microsomal
pellet was subjected to three successive phase
partitioning steps. The upper phase, containing the
PM fraction, centrifuged at 50,000 g for 1 h and the
pellet resuspended in 1 mL of storage buffer (pH
7.5). All steps of the PM isolation were carried out at
0-4C. The purity of our PM preparation was based
on Mansour et al. (1994).
PM lipid extraction and separation
Boiled isopropanol was immediately added to the
PM suspension to inhibit the activity of lipase (Kates
1972). Lipids were then extracted with 3.75 mM
chloroform: isopropanol (2:1, v/v) and 2.25 mL of 0.1
M KCl was added to enhance the chloroform phase
separation. Then, the mixture was centrifuged in
cold room at 1,000 g for 5 min. The upper water
phase was re-extracted with 2 mL chloroform. The
first and second chloroform phases (containing
lipids) were collected and dried under CO2 stream.
The dried lipids were dissolved in 2.5 mL chloroform
and stored at -80C until analysis.
Determination of PM fatty acids
The method of Mansour et al. (2002) was used for

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the analysis of PM fatty acids. One mL of lipid

extract, 6 mL of benzene and 1.5 mL of 10% alcoholic
KOH were mixed together. The tubes were refluxed
for 4 h in a boiling water bath and then the mixture
was evaporated. Excess of diethyl ether was added
and shaken well. The organic phase (upper phase)
was pipetted and the aqueous phase (lower phase)
was further washed three times with diethyl ether.
The aqueous phase containing fatty acids was
acidified by 1 N H2SO4 and the pH was adjusted to

added. The tubes were closed with a glass covers

and heated at 180C for 20 min and cooled. Next, 3.3
mL of deionized bi-distilled water, 0.4 mL of 10%
ascorbic acid were added. After each addition, the
contents of the tube were mixed thoroughly. The
tubes were then heated for 5 min in a boiling water
bath to develop the color and allowed to stand until
the color was settled for 5 min. The absorbance of
the developed color was read at 797 nm. The
standard curve of KH2PO4 was always run together

two. The sample was methylated by the addition of

2.5 mL of H2SO4 and 50 mL methanol and refluxed

with samples.

for 24 h. The mixture was evaporated; excess of

diethyl ether was added and shaken well. The
organic phase was evaporated to determine the
different fatty acids. The fatty acid methyl esters
were determined by gas chromatography (HP-5890,
Little Falls, DE) equipped with a flame-ionization
detector. An HP-FFAP (free fatty acid phase) column
(25 m, 0.3 mm diameter) was used with helium (35
cm s-1) as a carrier gas. The injector temperature was
250C, detector temperature was 260C, and the
temperature program during the analysis went from
50 to 240C (7C min-1), after which temperature was
kept constant at 240C for 30 min.
Determination of PM phospholipids
Phospholipids (polar lipids) were assayed
according to Deinstrop and Weinheim (2000). The
lipid extract was spotted along a glass thin layer
chromatography plate (TLC, Merk, Germany).
Phospholipid classes were separated by twodimensional TLC with solvent mixtures of
chloroform: methanol: deionized bidistilled water
(75: 25: 2.5, v/v) in the first direction. After allowing
sufficient time for drying, the plate was developed
at right angles to the first development in
chloroform: methanol: acetic acid: water (80: 9: 12: 2,
v/v) for the second direction. After separation of
phospholipids, spots were located by exposure to I2
vapor. Individual phospholipids were identified by
co-chromatography with authentic standards. The
area on TLC corresponding to each individual
phospholipids was marked and scraped into a test
tube and 0.5 mL HCl was added to neutralize silicate.
All tubes were heated for 10 min in a sand bath.
After cooling, 0.26 mL of 70% perchloric acid was


Soil and plant analysis
Industrial activities in Ras Malaab area resulted in
significant increase of soil heavy metal
concentrations comparing with Wadi Thal soil (Table
1). This result is consistent with those of Khan et al.
(2000) and Ciemense (2001) who reported that large
areas of land are contaminated with heavy metals as
a result of urban activities and industry. The heavy
metal content of the soil samples of Ras Malaab
exceeded that established by Anonymous (1986) for
Al3+ and was very close to exceed the permissible
limits for Zn2+. Table 1 showed increased heavy
metal pollution of Ras Malaab soil, which was
reflected in increasing their level in the shoot of
both species (Table 2). Heavy metal contents of the
shoot of both species were significantly increased in
Ras Malaab area comparing with those of Wadi Thal,
and more so in Z. coccineum (Table 2). On the
percentage basis, the greatest increase was found in
Al3+, Zn2+ and Cu2+ in the shoot of both species
(Table 2). Previous published data indicated that soil
heavy metal pollution increased heavy metal
concentrations in different plant species (Sanders et
al. 1986, Devi and Prasad 1998, Sebastiani et al.
2004, Rai et al. 2004, Tohidi et al. 2009). It is thus
obvious that industrial activities polluted the soil of
Ras Malaab, which resulted in increased heavy metal
levels in the shoots of both Zygophyllum species
Lipid peroxidation
MDA concentration increased in the shoot of
both species grown in the polluted soil of Ras
Malaab (Table 3), the increase was greater in Z.

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Table 1. Minerals and heavy metal concentrations of Ras Malaab (polluted) and Wadi Thal (unpolluted) soils.

Each value is the meanS.E. of three replicates.

*indicates significant difference of the control at least at 5% level.
ND: not detected, possibly its level was under the spectrophotometer sensitivity.

album than Z. coccineum. Lipid peroxidation

observed in the current work is indicative of heavy
metal-induced oxidative stress in both species. Our
results are in agreement with previous reports
where lipid peroxidation increased under soil heavy
metal pollution in different plant species (Chaffai et
al. 2005, Chaffai et al. 2009, Janicka et al. 2008). The
results of lipid peroxidation were comparable with
those of reactive oxygen species scavengers
(antioxidant enzyme activities) reported in the
following section (Table 3), where the increase in the
antioxidant enzyme activities was greater in Z. album
than Z. coccineum, in order to alleviate the greater
oxidative stress in induced Z. album.
Antioxidant enzymes
Antioxidant enzymes are very good biochemical
markers of stress and increasing their activities
could be a potential for remediation (Rucinska et al.
1999, Mittler 2002, Zembala et al. 2010). Except CAT,
the activities of GPX, ASO, APX and SOD were
increased in both species (Table 3), more so with

SOD. On the percentage basis, the increase in the

antioxidant enzyme activities was greater in Z. album
than in Z. coccineum (Table 3) to scavenge greater
lipid peroxidation observed in Z. album. Similar
results have been reported in different plant
species, where oxidative stress-induced by heavy
metals was alleviated by increasing antioxidant
enzyme activities (Rucinska et al. 1999, Ciemense
2001, Candan and Tarhan 2003, Zembala et al. 2010).
Increased oxidative defense systems have been
reported to be correlated with tolerance to
different stress conditions, thus plants perform
normally under the adverse environment (Mittler
2002, Candan and Tarhan 2003, Zembala et al. 2010).
Decreased activity of CAT observed in the current
study was previously found in pea seedlings under
cadmium stress (Sandalio et al. 2001). It can be
concluded that soil heavy metal pollution enhanced
oxidative stress in both Zygophyllum species, and
both species combat the heavy metal stress via
production of scavenging systems.

Table 2. Shoot minerals and heavy metal concentrations of two Zygophyllum species grown in Ras Malaab (polluted) and
Wadi Thall (unpolluted).

Table 3. Effect of heavy metal pollution on anitioxidant enzyme activities and lipid peroxidation (MDA concentration) of
two Zygophyllum species grown in Ras Malaab (polluted) and Wadi Thall (unpolluted).

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Plasma membrane lipids

Total lipids, total phospholipids, total glycolipids
and total sterols were significantly decreased in
both species grown in polluted soil, the effect was
more pronounced in Z. coccineum (Table 4). Previous
published results indicated that copper and
cadmium stress decreased the total lipids,
phospholipids, glycolipids and sterols in pea
(Quartacci et al. 2000) pepper (Jemal et al. 2000) and
cucumber (Janicka et al. 2008).
Remarkable changes in the root PM
phospholipids (Table 5) and free fatty acids (Table 6)
were found in plants grown in polluted area. A
significant increased in PE was observed in the two
Zygophyllum species with a reduction in the PG and
PI contents, whereas the increase in PC was
insignificant (Table 5). The response of PS to heavy
metal pollution was varied in both species: it

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increased in Z. coccineum while it was decreased in Z.

album. Heavy metal stress decreased PC/PE ratio in
both species, the decrease was greater in Z. album.
The reduction in PC/PE ratio may influence the
plasma membrane performance under pollution,
because PC and PG have membrane stabilizing
effect relative to PE (Thompson 1992, Mansour et al.
1994, Salama et al. 2007). Our finding supports
previous published data where copper and cadmium
stress increased PE while they reduced PG content in
Zea mays (Chaffai et al. 2005, Chaffai et al. 2009).
Increased PE might have an adaptive value to
counterbalance the membrane rigidifying impact of
increasing saturated fatty acids (Thompson 1992,
Mansour et al. 1994, 2002, Salama et al. 2007)
induced in the current study under heavy metal
stress (Table 6).
The root PM unsaturated fatty acids (18:1, 18:2

Table 4. Effect of heavy metal pollution on the root PM total lipids, total sterols, total glycolipids and total phospholipids
of two Zygophyllum species grown in Ras Malaab (polluted) and Wadi Thall (unpolluted).

Table 5. Effect of heavy metal pollution on the root PM phospholipid composition (nmol g-1) and PC/PE ratio of two
Zygophyllum species grown in Ras Malaab (polluted) and Wadi Thall (unpolluted).

Table 6. Effect of heavy metal pollution on the root PM fatty acid composition (mol %) and saturated/unsaturated ratio of
two Zygophyllum species grown in Ras Malaab (polluted) and Wadi Thall (unpolluted).

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and 20:1) was reduced whereas the saturated fatty

acids (14:0, 16:0) was increased in both species
under soil pollution (Table 6). This change in PM
fatty acid abundance lead to increased sat/unsat
ratio in the PM of both species, the effect was more
pronounced in Z. album. A decrease in fatty acyl
unsaturation of the PM under heavy metal pollution
has been also reported in wheat (Quartacci et al.
2000), Brassica juncea (Nouairi et al. 2006) and
tomato (Ben Ammar et al. 2007). The effect of fatty
acid saturation may be counterbalanced by the nonsignificant increase in the PM PC, since PC increases
membrane lamellar structure and stability
(Thompson 1992, Mansour et al. 1994, 2002, Nouairi
et al. 2006, Ben Ammar et al. 2007, Salama et al.
2007). An increase in the degree of fatty acid
saturation is a typical reaction of plant PM to
different environmental stresses. In addition, certain
changes in the membrane lipids were reported to be
an adaptive response to different environmental
stresses, in order to restore optimum physical
membrane properties (Devi and Prasad 1999,

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Mansour et al. 1994, 2002, 2003, Mansour and

Salama 2004, Nouairi et al. 2006, Ben Ammar et al.
2007, Salama et al. 2007). This appears to be the case
in the current work, where some PM lipid changes
might maintain membrane integrity under heavy
metal stress.
In conclusion, industrial activities increased the
level of heavy metals in the soil of Ras Malaab, which
resulted in drastic increase of shoot heavy metals of
both species. Accumulated heavy metals induced
oxidative stress in both species. Both Zygophyllum
species alleviated oxidative stress via increased
antioxidant enzyme activities. The root PM lipid
composition of Zygophyllum species was altered in
response to heavy metal pollution. Some of the PM
lipid changes might be in the favorable direction to
restore optimum membrane properties and
functions. Increased antioxidant enzyme activities as
well as PM lipid alterations might thus enable both
Zygophyllum species to withstand the prevailing
stressful environment.

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Ar Metallerin, Zygophyllum Trlerinin Plazma Zarlar ve Antioksidan Enzimleri

zerine Etkisi
Giri: Ar metaller, toprakta yksek konsantrasyonlarda bulunduklarnda, byk evresel kirleticilerdir ve bitkilerin
byme ve geliimi zerinde toksik etkileri vardr. Endstriyel aktiviteler, ok geni alanlarda ar metallerin birikmesi
ve doal bitki rtsnn etkilenmesini netice vermektedir. Bu yzden, bitkilerin ar metallerin olumsuz etkileri ile
nasl baa ktklarnn anlalmas ok byk nem arzetmektdir.
Materyal ve Metot: ki farkl alan seildi. Bunlardan biri, bir alta fabrikas yaknlarnda, dieri ise fabrikadan 25 km
uzaklktayd. ki Zygophyllum tr (Z. album ve Z. coccineum) alma alanlarnda doal olarak yetimekteydi. Topraktaki
ar metal stresinin; srgn ar metal konsantrasyonu, lipid peroksidasyonu, antioksidan enzim aktiviteleri ve kk
plazma zar (PM) lipid kompozisyonu zerine etkileri analiz edildi.
Bulgular: evre kirliliine maruz kalan alanda yetien her iki trn srgnlerinde, ar metal konsantrasyonlar ve lipid
peroksidasyonu artt. Kirlilik artlar altnda, her iki trde de; askorbat oksidaz (ASO), gayakol (GPX), askorbat
peroksidaz (APX) ve speroksit dismutaz (SOD) aktiviteleri artarken, katalaz (CAT) aktiviteleri azald. Z. album ve Z.
coccineum'da PM toplam lipidleri, fosfolipidler, glikolipidler ve steroller azald. Ar metal stresi; her iki trn kk
PM'nda fosfatidiletanolamini (PE) artrd, fosfatidilinositol (PI) ve fosfatidilgliserol (PG) azaltt, fosfatidilkolinde (PC) ise
nemli bir deiiklik oluturmad. Fosfatidilserin; kirlilik koullarnda, Z. album PM'nda (PS) azalrken, Z. coccineum
PM'nda artt. Ar metal stresi, kk PM'ndaki ya asitlerinin kompozisyon ve konsantrasyonunu deitirdi ve her iki
trde doymu/doymam orannn deimesine yol at.
Sonu: Zygophyllum trlerinin ar metal stresine dayanabilmesi iin, etkin bir antioksidan mekanizmasnn ve olumlu
PM lipid dengesinin nemli olduunu gstermektedir.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Ar metal, antioksidan enzim, lipid peroksidasyonu, plazma zar yag, ya asidi, Zygophyllum sp.