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Ribulose-1,5-Bisphosphate Carboxylase/Oxygenase (RubisCO) Is Essential for Growth of the Methanotroph Methylococcus capsulatus Strain Bath
This article demonstrates that shows both CO2 and RubisCO are essential for M. capsulatus Bath growth. CO2 tracing experiments supported that RubisCO mediates CO2 fixation and that a noncanonical Calvin cycle is active in this organism. The study provides insights into the expanding knowledge of methanotroph metabolism and implicates dually CH4/CO2-utilizing bacteria as more important players in the biogeochemical carbon cycle than previously appreciated. In addition, M. capsulatus and other methanotrophs with CO2 assimilation capacity represent candidate organisms for the development of biotechnologies to mitigate the two most abundant greenhouse gases, CH4 and CO2.
Date: August 26, 2021
Creator: Henard, Calvin; Wu, Chao; Xiong, Wei; Henard, Jessica M.; Davidheiser-Kroll, Brett; Orata, Fabini D. et al.
System: The UNT Digital Library