A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)

Overview of attention for article published in Science, March 2016
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Title
A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)
Published in
Science, March 2016
DOI 10.1126/science.aad6359
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Authors

Shosuke Yoshida, Kazumi Hiraga, Toshihiko Takehana, Ikuo Taniguchi, Hironao Yamaji, Yasuhito Maeda, Kiyotsuna Toyohara, Kenji Miyamoto, Yoshiharu Kimura, Kohei Oda, Yoshida, Shosuke, Hiraga, Kazumi, Takehana, Toshihiko, Taniguchi, Ikuo, Yamaji, Hironao, Maeda, Yasuhito, Toyohara, Kiyotsuna, Miyamoto, Kenji, Kimura, Yoshiharu, Oda, Kohei, Yoshida S, Hiraga K, Takehana T, Taniguchi I, Yamaji H, Maeda Y, Toyohara K, Miyamoto K, Kimura Y, Oda K

Abstract

Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) is used extensively worldwide in plastic products, and its accumulation in the environment has become a global concern. Because the ability to enzymatically degrade PET has been thought to be limited to a few fungal species, biodegradation is not yet a viable remediation or recycling strategy. By screening natural microbial communities exposed to PET in the environment, we isolated a novel bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, that is able to use PET as its major energy and carbon source. When grown on PET, this strain produces two enzymes capable of hydrolyzing PET and the reaction intermediate, mono(2-hydroxyethyl) terephthalic acid. Both enzymes are required to enzymatically convert PET efficiently into its two environmentally benign monomers, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 12 2%
Brazil 7 1%
Germany 6 1%
United Kingdom 6 1%
Spain 5 <1%
France 2 <1%
Chile 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Slovenia 1 <1%
Other 10 2%
Unknown 529 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 139 24%
Student > Bachelor 116 20%
Researcher 98 17%
Student > Master 94 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 28 5%
Other 107 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 260 45%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 97 17%
Chemistry 58 10%
Environmental Science 52 9%
Engineering 31 5%
Other 84 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1952. 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 24 April 2017.
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#258
of 7,596,915 outputs
Outputs from Science
#18
of 39,532 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#29
of 280,048 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#2
of 1,147 outputs
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