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Arsenic(III) Fuels Anoxygenic Photosynthesis in Hot Spring Biofilms from Mono Lake, California

Overview of attention for article published in Science, August 2008
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Title
Arsenic(III) Fuels Anoxygenic Photosynthesis in Hot Spring Biofilms from Mono Lake, California
Published in
Science, August 2008
DOI 10.1126/science.1160799
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Authors

T. R. Kulp, S. E. Hoeft, M. Asao, M. T. Madigan, J. T. Hollibaugh, J. C. Fisher, J. F. Stolz, C. W. Culbertson, L. G. Miller, R. S. Oremland

Abstract

Phylogenetic analysis indicates that microbial arsenic metabolism is ancient and probably extends back to the primordial Earth. In microbial biofilms growing on the rock surfaces of anoxic brine pools fed by hot springs containing arsenite and sulfide at high concentrations, we discovered light-dependent oxidation of arsenite [As(III)] to arsenate [As(V)] occurring under anoxic conditions. The communities were composed primarily of Ectothiorhodospira-like purple bacteria or Oscillatoria-like cyanobacteria. A pure culture of a photosynthetic bacterium grew as a photoautotroph when As(III) was used as the sole photosynthetic electron donor. The strain contained genes encoding a putative As(V) reductase but no detectable homologs of the As(III) oxidase genes of aerobic chemolithotrophs, suggesting a reverse functionality for the reductase. Production of As(V) by anoxygenic photosynthesis probably opened niches for primordial Earth's first As(V)-respiring prokaryotes.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 2%
Canada 2 1%
Saudi Arabia 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Colombia 1 <1%
Unknown 156 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 40 24%
Researcher 39 23%
Student > Master 14 8%
Professor 12 7%
Student > Bachelor 12 7%
Other 37 22%
Unknown 12 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 46 28%
Environmental Science 33 20%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 26 16%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 22 13%
Chemistry 5 3%
Other 18 11%
Unknown 16 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 27. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 January 2017.
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#254,715
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Outputs from Science
#7,692
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#2,468
of 80,878 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#162
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