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Title: Production and Application of a Soluble Hydrogenase from Pyrococcus furiosus

Hydrogen gas is a potential renewable alternative energy carrier that could be used in the future to help supplement humanity’s growing energy needs. Unfortunately, current industrial methods for hydrogen production are expensive or environmentally unfriendly. In recent years research has focused on biological mechanisms for hydrogen production and specifically on hydrogenases, the enzyme responsible for catalyzing the reduction of protons to generate hydrogen. In particular, a better understanding of this enzyme might allow us to generate hydrogen that does not use expensive metals, such as platinum, as catalysts. The soluble hydrogenase I (SHI) from the hyperthermophile Pyrococcus furiosus , a member of the euryarchaeota, has been studied extensively and used in various biotechnological applications. This review summarizes the strategies used in engineering and characterizing three different forms of SHI and the properties of the recombinant enzymes. SHI has also been used in in vitro systems for hydrogen production and NADPH generation and these systems are also discussed.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1223549
Grant/Contract Number:
FG05-95ER20175
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Archaea
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2015; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2016-07-27 16:30:08; Journal ID: ISSN 1472-3646
Publisher:
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English