The acetylene reduction technique as an assay for nitrogenase activity in the methane oxidizing bacterium Methylococcus capsulatus strain bath

@article{Dalton2004TheAR,
  title={The acetylene reduction technique as an assay for nitrogenase activity in the methane oxidizing bacterium Methylococcus capsulatus strain bath},
  author={Howard Dalton and Roger Whittenbury},
  journal={Archives of Microbiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={109},
  pages={147-151}
}
The use of acetylene as a convenient assay substrate for nitrogenase in methane oxidising bacteria is complicated by the observation that it is a potent inhibitor of the methane monooxygenase enzyme in both whole cells and cell-free extracts. If the cells were provided with alternative oxidisable carbon substrates other than methane then nitrogen fixing cells would reduce acetylene to ethylene. Hydrogen gas also served as an oxidisable substrate in the assay. Nitrous oxide, which is reduced by… Expand

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