Athena M. Hutchins

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The hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus grows optimally at 100 degrees C by the fermentation of peptides and carbohydrates. Growth of the organism was examined in media containing either maltose, peptides (hydrolyzed casein), or both as the carbon source(s), each with and without elemental sulfur (S(0)). Growth rates were highest on media(More)
Pyruvate ferredoxin oxidoreductase (POR) has been previously purified from the hyperthermophilic archaeon, Pyrococcus furiosus, an organism that grows optimally at 100 degrees C by fermenting carbohydrates and peptides. The enzyme contains thiamine pyrophosphate and catalyzes the oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate to acetyl-CoA and CO2 and reduces P.(More)
Phosphoenolpyruvate synthetase (PpsA) was purified from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus. This enzyme catalyzes the conversion of pyruvate and ATP to phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP), AMP, and phosphate and is thought to function in gluconeogenesis. PpsA has a subunit molecular mass of 92 kDa and contains one calcium and one phosphorus atom per(More)
Pyruvate ferredoxin oxidoreductase (POR) from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus (Pf) catalyzes the final oxidative step in carbohydrate fermentation in which pyruvate is oxidized to acetyl-CoA and CO2, coupled to the reduction of ferredoxin (Fd). POR is composed of two 'catalytic units' of molecular mass approximately 120 kDa. Each unit(More)
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