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Extracellular electron transfer

Hernandez, M. E. and Newman, D. K. (2001) Extracellular electron transfer. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 58 (11). pp. 1562-1571. ISSN 1420-682X. doi:10.1007/PL00000796.

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Results from several laboratories indicate that extracellular electron transfer may be a general mechanism whereby microoorganisms generate energy for cell growth and/or maintenance. Specifically, bacteria can use redox-active organic small molecules, generated outside or inside the cells, to shuttle electrons between reduced and oxidized compounds. Electron shuttling has now been reported for several different bacterial species, and exchanges of shuttling compounds may even syntrophically link diverse organisms in nature. Biofilm systems in both geological and clinical settings are likely to be important environments for metabolisms that employ extracellular electron transfer. Both structural and functional analyses suggest that electron shuttles and some virulence factors may be related to one another.

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Additional Information:© 2001 Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel. Received 21 March 2001; received after revision 10 May 2001; accepted 11 May 2001. We are grateful to the Office of Naval Research for supporting our research, and to Jared Leadbetter and Tanja Bosak for comments on the manuscript.
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Subject Keywords:Iron respiration; biofilm; extracellular electron transfer; electron shuttle
Issue or Number:11
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Official Citation:Hernandez, M. E. and D. K. Newman (2001). "Extracellular electron transfer." Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS 58(11): 1562-1571.
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