Catalysis and regulation in the soluble methane monooxygenase system

Applications of isotopes and isotope effects

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Abstract

Methanotrophic bacteria exist by using methane as a sole source of carbon and energy.1,2 They are typically found in lakes, oceans, and wetlands at the interface between the anaerobic and aerobic environments. At this boundary, they can use O2 from atmospheric mixing or photosynthesis to initiate the oxidation of methane released by anaerobic methanogenic organisms as a consequence of their metabolism. Since methanotrophic bacteria are the only aerobic organisms that efficiently oxidize methane, they play a major role in restricting the egress of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. Recently, the existence of anaerobic organisms that slowly oxidize methane has been reported and these also appear to make a contribution to the savaging of methane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIsotope Effects in Chemistry and Biology
PublisherCRC Press
Pages931-953
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781420028027
ISBN (Print)9780824724498
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

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Catalysis and regulation in the soluble methane monooxygenase system : Applications of isotopes and isotope effects. / Lipscomb, John D.

Isotope Effects in Chemistry and Biology. CRC Press, 2005. p. 931-953.

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