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Description of Aquifex aeolicus

Aquifex aeolicus Aquifex aeolicus is one of the most thermophilic bacteria known. This organism is able to grow at a remarkable 96 degrees C, microaerophilic chemolithotrophic eubacterium able to oxidise hydrogen and reduced sulfur compounds. The Aquificales are presently considered to represent the most deeply branching order within the domain of the Bacteria (based on phylogenetic analyses of 16S ribosomal RNA sequences). The complete genome of Aquifex aeolicus has been sequenced potentially favouring the study of the correlation of biophysical and biochemical properties of enzymes to characteristics within their primary structures. Aquifex aeolicus is able to use an aerobic respiratory chain. The full genome was published by GERARD DECKERT, PATRICK V. WARREN, TERRY GAASTERLAND, WILLIAM G. YOUNG, ANNA L. LENOX, DAVID E. GRAHAM, ROSS OVERBEEK, MARJORY A. SNEAD, MARTIN KELLER, MONETTE AUJAY, ROBERT HUBER, ROBERT A. FELDMAN, JAY M. SHORT, GARY J. OLSEN & RONALD V. SWANSON. 1998. The complete genome of the hyperthermophilic bacterium Aquifex aeolicus in Nature 392, 353-358


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