The research team reconstructed the crystal structure of BAP, a protein involved in the process by which marine archaea release carbon, to determine how it functioned, as well as its larger role in carbon cycling in marine sediments.
Karolina Michalska, Andrew D. Steen, Gekleng Chhor, Michael Endres, Austen T. Webber, Jordan Bird, Karen G. Lloyd, and Andrzej Joachimiak. “New aminopeptidase from ‘microbial dark matter’ archaeon” The FASEB Journal doi: 10.1096/fj.15-272906. Published online June 10, 2015.
Funding Acknowledgements: Work supported by U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Grant GM094585 (to A.J.); Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, under Contract DE-AC02-06CH11357 (to A.J.); and Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations Grants 157595 (to K.G.L.) and 36202823 (to A.D.S.). Work is Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigation Contribution 268. Submitted manuscript created by University of Chicago, Argonne, LLC, operator of ANL. ANL, a DOE Office of Science laboratory, which is operated under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.