The weak magnetic field (WMF) enhances the stimulation of polymyxin B sulfate (POL) on Vibrio qinghaiensis sp.-Q67

Ya-Qian Xu, Kai Li, Ze-Jun Wang, Shu-Shen Liu
2020 Environmental Sciences Europe  
The weak magnetic field (WMF) can enhance the ability to remove target pollutants in wastewater, which drives us to consider whether WMF could give rise to the hormesis or not. In our previous study, it was found that polymyxin B sulfate (POL) can induce weak hormesis on Vibrio qinghaiensis sp.-Q67 (Q67). To this end, we set up four different WMF treatments during Q67 culture and POL exposure process, having no WMF in all cases (NW), adding WMF all the time (AW), exerting WMF only during the
more » ... terial culture (BW), and exerting WMF only in POL exposure period (EW). Results: It was shown that the concentration-response curves (CRCs) of POL in four WMF treatments at the exposure times of 6, 9, and 12 h are non-monotonic hormetic curves where the maximum stimulative effects (E min ) of POL in BW and EW are obviously larger than those in AW and NW. The maximum E min is 26.8% occurring in EW and 20.7% in BW at 6 h, while the max E min is 14.6% in NW at 9 h, it means that stimulations of POL in BW and EW are earlier and stronger than those in NW. These findings first indicated that WMF can enhance the hormesis of POL. Conclusions: This study showed that WMF as a key factor may influence the maximum stimulation effect of hormesis. The characteristic of biphasic (hormetic effect) challenges the traditional classical threshold model that is close to chemical risk assessment. But the mechanism of hormesis even now is inconclusive. WMF as a novelty and neglected factor has the potential to support the further development of hormesis mechanism.
doi:10.1186/s12302-020-0294-x fatcat:5htwpwedkrbd3koxpctictug4u