Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details

Biological Chemistry

Editor-in-Chief: Brüne, Bernhard

Editorial Board Member: Buchner, Johannes / Lei, Ming / Ludwig, Stephan / Sies, Helmut / Turk, Boris / Wittinghofer, Alfred

12 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2015: 2.710
Rank 142 out of 289 in category Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the 2015 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report/Science Edition

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 1.607
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.751
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 2.609

See all formats and pricing
Volume 385, Issue 10 (Oct 2004)


Structural basis of denitrification

Oliver Einsle
  • Abt. Molekulare Strukturbiologie, Institut für Mikrobiologie und Genetik, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
/ Peter M.H. Kroneck
  • Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Sektion, Fachbereich Biologie, Universität Konstanz, Universitätsstrasse 10, D-78457 Konstanz, Germany
Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/BC.2004.115


Denitrification represents an important part of the biogeochemical cycle of the essential element nitrogen. It constitutes the predominant pathway of the reductive dissimilation of nitrate in the environment. Via four enzymatic reactions, nitrate is transformed stepwise to nitrite (NO2 -), nitric oxide (NO), and nitrous oxide (N2O), to finally yield dinitrogen gas (N2). All steps within this metabolic pathway are catalyzed by complex multi-site metalloenzymes with unique spectroscopic and structural features. In recent years, high-resolution crystal structures have become available for these enzymes with the exception of the structure for NO reductase.

Keywords: denitrification; nitrate reductase; nitrite reductase; nitric oxide reductase; nitrous oxide reductase


About the article

Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2004-10-01

Citation Information: Biological Chemistry, ISSN (Print) 1431-6730, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/BC.2004.115. Export Citation

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Samantha Lindemann, Chester B. Zarnoch, Domenic Castignetti, and Timothy J. Hoellein
Estuaries and Coasts, 2015
Anna Bauß and Thorsten Koslowski
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Volume 17, Number 6, Page 4483
Kenedy E. Epie, Liisa Saikkonen, Arja Santanen, Seija Jaakkola, Pirjo Mäkelä, Asko Simojoki, and Frederick L. Stoddard
Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 2015, Volume 101, Number 2, Page 211
Lucas Frungillo, Michael J. Skelly, Gary J. Loake, Steven H. Spoel, and Ione Salgado
Nature Communications, 2014, Volume 5, Page 5401
M. Gabriela Almeida, Alexandra Serra, Celia M. Silveira, and Jose J.G. Moura
Sensors, 2010, Volume 10, Number 12, Page 11530
Luisa B. Maia and José J. G. Moura
Chemical Reviews, 2014, Volume 114, Number 10, Page 5273
Nicholas Noinaj and Susan K Buchanan
Current Opinion in Structural Biology, 2014, Volume 27, Page 8
Susana L. A. Andrade and Oliver Einsle
Angewandte Chemie, 2013, Volume 125, Number 40, Page 10614
Hongjin Zheng, Goragot Wisedchaisri, and Tamir Gonen
Nature, 2013, Volume 497, Number 7451, Page 647
W. Lu, N. J. Schwarzer, J. Du, E. Gerbig-Smentek, S. L. A. Andrade, and O. Einsle
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012, Volume 109, Number 45, Page 18395
Andrew M. O'Reilly, Ni-Bin Chang, and Martin P. Wanielista
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 2012, Volume 133, Page 53
Manuela Eick and Christine Stöhr
Protoplasma, 2012, Volume 249, Number 4, Page 909
Anja Pomowski, Walter G. Zumft, Peter M. H. Kroneck, and Oliver Einsle
Nature, 2011, Volume 477, Number 7363, Page 234
Melanie Kern and Jörg Simon
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics, 2009, Volume 1787, Number 6, Page 646
A. A. Trofimov, K. M. Polyakov, K. M. Boĭko, A. A. Filimonenkov, P. V. Dorovatovskiĭ, T. V. Tikhonova, V. O. Popov, and M. V. Koval’chuk
Crystallography Reports, 2010, Volume 55, Number 1, Page 58
Rocio J. Alcántara-Hernández, César Valenzuela-Encinas, Rodolfo Marsch, and Luc Dendooven
Extremophiles, 2009, Volume 13, Number 1, Page 169

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in