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Nitrogen Fixation by Cyanobacterial Heterocysts

  • C. Peter Wolk

Abstract

This paper details current knowledge about nitrogen fixation by cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) heterocysts. I will first review the most direct evidence that aerobic nitrogen fixation is localized in heterocysts; will then recount the results of enzymatic studies which provide examples of specializations apparently supporting this localization; and finally, will consider the little that is known about the mechanisms by means of which heterocysts protect nitrogenase from inactivation by atmospheric oxygen. A broader look at the biology of heterocysts is presented in recent reviews (Haselkorn, 1978; Carr, 1979; Wolk, dy1979b, 1980).

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Vegetative Cell Anabaena Variabilis Uptake Hydrogenase Anabaena Strain Anabaena Cylindrica 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Peter Wolk
    • 1
  1. 1.MSU-DOE Plant Research LaboratoryMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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