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Evidence for Interstitial Carbon in Nitrogenase FeMo Cofactor

Science  18 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6058, pp. 940
DOI: 10.1126/science.1214025

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Abstract

The identity of the interstitial light atom in the center of the FeMo cofactor of nitrogenase has been enigmatic since its discovery. Atomic-resolution x-ray diffraction data and an electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) analysis now provide direct evidence that the ligand is a carbon species.

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