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How to make a living from anaerobic ammonium oxidation.
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PMID:  23210799     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Anaerobic ammonium oxidizing (anammox) bacteria primarily grow by the oxidation of ammonium coupled to nitrite reduction, using CO(2) as the sole carbon source. Although they were neglected for a long time, anammox bacteria are encountered in an enormous species (micro)diversity in virtually any anoxic environment that contains fixed-nitrogen. It has even been estimated that about 50% of all nitrogen gas released into the atmosphere is made by these "impossible" bacteria. Anammox catabolism most likely resides in a special cell organelle, the anammoxosome, which is surrounded by highly unusual ladder-like (ladderane) lipids. Ammonium oxidation and nitrite reduction proceed in a cyclic electron flow through two intermediates, hydrazine and nitric oxide, resulting in the generation of proton-motive force for ATP synthesis. Reduction reactions associated with CO(2) fixation drain electrons from this cycle and they are replenished by the oxidation of nitrite to nitrate. Besides ammonium or nitrite, anammox bacteria use a broad range of organic and inorganic compounds as electron donors. An analysis of the metabolic opportunities even suggests alternative chemolithotrophic lifestyles that are independent of these compounds. We note that current concepts are still largely hypothetical and put forward the most intriguing questions that need experimental answers. © 2012 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.
Boran Kartal; Naomi M de Almeida; Wouter J Maalcke; Huub J M Op den Camp; Mike S M Jetten; Jan T Keltjens
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  FEMS microbiology reviews     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1574-6976     ISO Abbreviation:  FEMS Microbiol. Rev.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8902526     Medline TA:  FEMS Microbiol Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Microbiology, Institute of Wetland and Water Research (IWWR), Faculty of Science, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
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