Novel pathway for assimilation of dimethylsulphoniopropionate widespread in marine bacteria

@article{Reisch2011NovelPF,
  title={Novel pathway for assimilation of dimethylsulphoniopropionate widespread in marine bacteria},
  author={Chris R. Reisch and Melissa J. Stoudemayer and Vanessa A. Varaljay and I Jonathan Amster and Mary Ann Moran and William B. Whitman},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2011},
  volume={473},
  pages={208-211}
}
Dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP) accounts for up to 10% of carbon fixed by marine phytoplankton in ocean surface waters, producing an estimated 11.7–103 Tmol S per year, most of which is processed by marine bacteria through the demethylation/demethiolation pathway. This pathway releases methanethiol (MeSH) instead of the climatically active gas dimethylsulphide (DMS) and enables marine microorganisms to assimilate the reduced sulphur. Despite recognition of this critical microbial… CONTINUE READING
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