Minerals 2012, 2(4), 338-364; doi:10.3390/min2040338
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Cyanobacteria as Biocatalysts for Carbonate Mineralization

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
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Received: 20 March 2012; in revised form: 5 September 2012 / Accepted: 26 September 2012 / Published: 29 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Biominerals)
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Abstract: Microbial carbonate mineralization is widespread in nature and among microorganisms, and of vast ecological and geological importance. However, our understanding of the mechanisms that trigger and control processes such as calcification, i.e., mineralization of CO2 to calcium carbonate (CaCO3), is limited and literature on cyanobacterial calcification is oftentimes bewildering and occasionally controversial. In cyanobacteria, calcification may be intimately associated with the carbon dioxide-(CO2) concentrating mechanism (CCM), a biochemical system that allows the cells to raise the concentration of CO2 at the site of the carboxylating enzyme ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) up to 1000-fold over that in the surrounding medium. A comprehensive understanding of biologically induced carbonate mineralization is important for our ability to assess its role in past, present, and future carbon cycling, interpret paleontological data, and for evaluating the process as a means for biological carbon capture and storage (CCS). In this review we summarize and discuss the metabolic, physiological and structural features of cyanobacteria that may be involved in the reactions leading to mineral formation and precipitation, present a conceptual model of cyanobacterial calcification, and, finally, suggest practical applications for cyanobacterial carbonate mineralization.
Keywords: calcification; calcium carbonate; carbon sequestration; cyanobacteria

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Kamennaya, N.A.; Ajo-Franklin, C.M.; Northen, T.; Jansson, C. Cyanobacteria as Biocatalysts for Carbonate Mineralization. Minerals 2012, 2, 338-364.

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Kamennaya NA, Ajo-Franklin CM, Northen T, Jansson C. Cyanobacteria as Biocatalysts for Carbonate Mineralization. Minerals. 2012; 2(4):338-364.

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Kamennaya, Nina A.; Ajo-Franklin, Caroline M.; Northen, Trent; Jansson, Christer. 2012. "Cyanobacteria as Biocatalysts for Carbonate Mineralization." Minerals 2, no. 4: 338-364.

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