Source of carbon and hydrogen in methane produced from formate by Methanococcus thermolithotrophicus.

Abstract

Methanococcus thermolithotrophicus is able to produce methane either from H2-CO2 or from formate. The route of formate entry into the methanogenic pathway was investigated by using 2H2O or [13C]formate and analysis by mass spectrometry. When cells (H2-CO2 or formate grown) were transferred to formate medium in 95% 2H water, the proportion of 2H in methane… (More)

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