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A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)

Overview of attention for article published in Science, March 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#19 of 41,363)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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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 15 2%
Brazil 8 1%
Germany 6 <1%
United Kingdom 6 <1%
Spain 5 <1%
Chile 3 <1%
France 3 <1%
China 3 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Other 15 2%
Unknown 581 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 145 22%
Student > Bachelor 131 20%
Researcher 113 17%
Student > Master 109 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 33 5%
Other 116 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 258 40%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 118 18%
Chemistry 72 11%
Environmental Science 56 9%
Engineering 33 5%
Other 110 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2134. 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 16 August 2017.
All research outputs
#263
of 8,220,574 outputs
Outputs from Science
#19
of 41,363 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#30
of 283,674 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#2
of 1,149 outputs
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