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Model Enzyme Takes Hydrogen Apart

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Science  01 Dec 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5241, pp. 1440-1441
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5241.1440


Splitting hydrogen into its components is a life-or-death reaction for anaerobic bacteria, and biochemists have long struggled to learn how a crucial enzyme—hydrogenase—carries this out. Now a new model enzyme, a simplified version of hydrogenase, is revealing the steps of hydrogen disassembly.