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The genome of Methanosarcina mazei: evidence for lateral gene transfer between bacteria and archaea

Deppenmeier, Uwe ; Johann, André ; Hartsch, Thomas ; Merkl, Rainer ; Schmitz, Ruth A: ; Martinez-Arias, Rosa ; Henne, Anke ; Wiezer, Arnim ; Bäumer, Sebastian ; Jacobi, Carsten ; Brüggemann, Holger ; Lienard, Tanja ; Christmann, Andreas ; Bömeke, Mechthild ; Steckel, Silke ; Bhattacharyya, Anamitra ; Lykidis, Athanasios ; Overbeek, Ross ; Klenk, Hans Peter ; Gunsalus, Robert P. ; Fritz, Hans Joachim ; Gottschalk, Gerhard


The Archaeon Methanosarcina mazei and related species are of great ecological importance as they are the only organisms fermenting acetate, methylamines and methanol to methane, carbon dioxide and ammonia (in case of methylamines). Since acetate is the precursor of 60% of the methane produced on earth these organisms contribute significantly to the production of this greenhouse gas, e.g. in rice ...


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