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J Bacteriol. 2010 Dec;192(24):6497-8. doi: 10.1128/JB.01144-10. Epub 2010 Oct 15.

Genome sequence of the obligate methanotroph Methylosinus trichosporium strain OB3b.

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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, CW405 Biological Sciences Centre, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9, Canada. lisa.stein@ualberta.ca

Abstract

Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b (for "oddball" strain 3b) is an obligate aerobic methane-oxidizing alphaproteobacterium that was originally isolated in 1970 by Roger Whittenbury and colleagues. This strain has since been used extensively to elucidate the structure and function of several key enzymes of methane oxidation, including both particulate and soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) and the extracellular copper chelator methanobactin. In particular, the catalytic properties of soluble methane monooxygenase from M. trichosporium OB3b have been well characterized in context with biodegradation of recalcitrant hydrocarbons, such as trichloroethylene. The sequence of the M. trichosporium OB3b genome is the first reported from a member of the Methylocystaceae family in the order Rhizobiales.

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20952571
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PMC3008524
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10.1128/JB.01144-10
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