The catalytic mechanism for aerobic formation of methane by bacteria

@article{Kamat2013TheCM,
  title={The catalytic mechanism for aerobic formation of methane by bacteria},
  author={Siddhesh S Kamat and Howard J. Williams and Lawrence J. Dangott and Mrinmoy Chakrabarti and Frank M Raushel},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2013},
  volume={497},
  pages={132-136}
}
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is produced in significant quantities by aerobic marine organisms. These bacteria apparently catalyse the formation of methane through the cleavage of the highly unreactive carbon–phosphorus bond in methyl phosphonate (MPn), but the biological or terrestrial source of this compound is unclear. However, the ocean-dwelling bacterium Nitrosopumilus maritimus catalyses the biosynthesis of MPn from 2-hydroxyethyl phosphonate and the bacterial C–P lyase complex… CONTINUE READING
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