Structure–function relationships of anaerobic gas-processing metalloenzymes

@article{FontecillaCamps2009StructurefunctionRO,
  title={Structure–function relationships of anaerobic gas-processing metalloenzymes},
  author={Juan C. Fontecilla-Camps and Patricia Amara and Christine Cavazza and Yvain Nicolet and Anne Volbeda},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2009},
  volume={460},
  pages={814-822}
}
Reactions involving H2, N2, CO, CO2 and CH4 are likely to have been central to the origin of life. This is indicated by the active-site structures of the enzymes involved, which are often reminiscent of minerals. Through the combined efforts of protein crystallography, various types of spectroscopy, theoretical calculations and model chemistry, it has been possible to put forward plausible mechanisms for gas-based metabolism by extant microorganisms. Although the reactions are based on metal… 

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