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CHAPTER 9

Biosynthesis of the M-Cluster of Mo-Nitrogenase

The nitrogenase complex is responsible for the reduction of an inert gas, dinitrogen (N2), to a bioavailable form of nitrogen, ammonia (NH3). At the heart of the catalytic component of molybdenum (Mo) nitrogenase resides the iron-molybdenum (FeMo) cofactor (also termed the M-cluster). This chapter will describe the key proteins involved in the biosynthesis of the M-cluster and how simple [Fe4S4] clusters are transformed into a complex, [MoFe7S9C-homocitrate] M-cluster and subsequently transferred to the active site of nitrogenase.

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Print publication date
28 Sep 2016
Copyright year
2017
Print ISBN
978-1-78262-089-1
PDF eISBN
978-1-78262-391-5
ePub eISBN
978-1-78262-881-1
From the book series:
Metallobiology