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Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2016 Apr;31:103-12. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2016.02.009. Epub 2016 Mar 17.

Fresh insight to functioning of selected enzymes of the nitrogen cycle.

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1
Molecular Biophysics Group, Institute of Integrative Biology, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK.
2
Molecular Biophysics Group, Institute of Integrative Biology, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK. Electronic address: s.s.hasnain@liv.ac.uk.

Abstract

The global nitrogen cycle is the process in which different forms of environmental N are interconverted by microorganisms either for assimilation into biomass or in respiratory energy-generating pathways. This short review highlights developments over the last 5 years in our understanding of functionality of nitrogenase, Cu-nitrite reductase, NO reductase and N2O reductase, complex metalloenzymes that catalyze electron/proton-coupled substrate reduction reactions.

PMID:
26963700
DOI:
10.1016/j.cbpa.2016.02.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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