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J Inorg Biochem. 2007 Nov;101(11-12):1657-66. Epub 2007 Jul 21.

Nickel and the carbon cycle.

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  • Department of Biological Chemistry, 5301 MSRB III, 1150 W, Medical Center Drive, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0606, USA. sragsdal@umich.edu


This article, dedicated to Edward Stiefel, reviews three nickel enzymes that play important roles in the carbon cycle: CO dehydrogenase, acetyl-CoA synthase, and methyl-coenzyme M reductase. After a short discussion of the carbon cycle, the structures of the active centers of the proteins and their proposed mechanisms are discussed. A brief description of future research areas is presented for each enzyme system. A short perspective on future research on nickel enzymes ends this contribution.

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