Molybdenum and Tungsten-Containing Enzymes: An Overview

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Abstract

Molybdenum is essential to most organisms, being found in the active site of enzymes that catalyze redox reactions involving carbon, nitrogen and sulfur atoms of key metabolites. Some of the molybdenum-dependent reactions constitute key steps in the global biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur, with particular emphasis on the atmospheric dinitrogen fixation into ammonium. Presently, more than 50 molybdoenzymes are known. The great majority are prokaryotic, with eukaryotes holding only a restricted number of molybdoenzymes. Tungsten, probably because of its limited bioavailability, is less used, being found most often in anaerobic thermophilic prokaryotes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolybdenum and Tungsten Enzymes
Subtitle of host publicationBiochemistry
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Pages1-80
Number of pages80
Volume2017-January
Edition5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78262-881-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-78262-089-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameRSC Metallobiology
Number5
Volume2017-January
ISSN (Print)2045-547X

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    Maia, L. B., Moura, I., & Moura, J. J. G. (2017). Molybdenum and Tungsten-Containing Enzymes: An Overview. In Molybdenum and Tungsten Enzymes: Biochemistry (5 ed., Vol. 2017-January, pp. 1-80). (RSC Metallobiology; Vol. 2017-January, No. 5). Royal Society of Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1039/9781782623915-00001