A genomic view of methane oxidation by aerobic bacteria and anaerobic archaea
1 Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
2 Departments of Chemical Engineering and Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
3 Laboratorie des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France
Genome Biology 2005, 6:208 doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-2-208Published: 1 February 2005
Recent sequencing of the genome and proteomic analysis of a model aerobic methanotrophic bacterium, Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath) has revealed a highly versatile metabolic potential. In parallel, environmental genomics has provided glimpses into anaerobic methane oxidation by certain archaea, further supporting the hypothesis of reverse methanogenesis.