Autotrophy at the thermodynamic limit of life: a model for energy conservation in acetogenic bacteria

@article{Schuchmann2014AutotrophyAT,
  title={Autotrophy at the thermodynamic limit of life: a model for energy conservation in acetogenic bacteria},
  author={Kai Schuchmann and Volker M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={12},
  pages={809-821}
}
Life on earth evolved in the absence of oxygen with inorganic gases as potential sources of carbon and energy. Among the alternative mechanisms for carbon dioxide (CO2) fixation in the living world, only the reduction of CO2 by the Wood–Ljungdahl pathway, which is used by acetogenic bacteria, complies with the two requirements to sustain life: conservation of energy and production of biomass. However, how energy is conserved in acetogenic bacteria has been an enigma since their discovery. In… CONTINUE READING
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