Inactivation of Aspergillus species in real water matrices using medium pressure mercury lamps

B. R. Oliveira, A. P. Marques, Mariana Ressurreição, Carlos Jorge da Silva Moreira, Cristina Isabel Tavares S.Pereira, M. T. B. Crespo, V. J. Pereira

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The aim of this work is to understand the inactivation efficiency of medium pressure mercury lamps, measured in terms of growth inhibition as well as cell death, damage and response, using three strains from three different Aspergillus species (A. fumigatus, A. niger and, A. terreus) spiked in filtered surface water. A complete characterization of the effect of the treatment on each strain of the fungal species was assessed considering spores' morphology, cell wall integrity and enzymatic activity, the formation of pyrimidine dimers in the DNA and proteome analysis. Results showed that, when subjected to medium pressure mercury lamps, A. niger is the most resistant to inactivation, that both A. fumigatus and A. niger suffer more morphological changes and present a higher number of damaged spores and A. terreus presented more dead spores. DNA damages detected in A. niger were able to be repaired to some extent, under both light and dark conditions. Finally, proteome analysis showed that the UV radiation treatment triggered different types of stress response, including cell wall reorganization and DNA repair in A. fumigatus and A. terreus, and oxidative stress responses like the increase in production of citric acid and itaconic acid in A. niger and A. terreus, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112242
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • Aspergillus
  • Cellular response
  • Medium pressure mercury lamps
  • Reactivation
  • Water disinfection


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