Physiological aspects of chitin catabolism in marine bacteria.

  title={Physiological aspects of chitin catabolism in marine bacteria.},
  author={Nemat O Keyhani and Saul Roseman},
  journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta},
  volume={1473 1},
Chitin, a carbohydrate polymer composed of alternating beta-1, 4-linked N-acetylglucosamine residues is the second most abundant organic compound in nature. In the aquatic biosphere alone, it is estimated that more than 10(11) metric tons of chitin are produced annually. If this enormous quantity of insoluble carbon and nitrogen was not converted to… CONTINUE READING