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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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Title
A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)
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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

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 9 <1%
Brazil 5 <1%
Germany 4 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Chile 3 <1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
India 1 <1%
Finland 1 <1%
Other 8 <1%
Unknown 1727 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 450 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 265 15%
Student > Master 245 14%
Researcher 226 13%
Other 66 4%
Other 258 15%
Unknown 256 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 442 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 347 20%
Chemistry 150 8%
Environmental Science 134 8%
Engineering 110 6%
Other 261 15%
Unknown 322 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2995. 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 21 May 2021.
All research outputs
#1,097
of 18,003,555 outputs
Outputs from Science
#74
of 71,658 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#10
of 272,520 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#2
of 1,090 outputs
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