Understanding and harnessing hydrogenases, biological dihydrogen catalysts

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It has been estimated that 99 % of all organisms utilize dihydrogen (H2). Most of these species are microbes and their ability to use H₂as a metabolite arises from the expression of H2 metalloenzymes known as hydrogenases. These molecules have been the focus of intense biological, biochemical, and chemical research because hydrogenases are biotechnologically relevant enzymes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Metal-Driven Biogeochemistry of Gaseous Compounds in the Environment
EditorsPeter M. H. Kroneck, Martha E. Sosa Torres
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-017-9269-1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2014

Publication series

NameMetal Ions in Life Sciences


  • Animals
  • Catalysis
  • Conservation of Energy Resources
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydrogenase
  • Iron
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Microbial Consortia
  • Nickel
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Solar Energy

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