Gas Enzymology

Proceedings of a Symposium held at Odense University, Denmark, 28–29 May 1984

  • H. Degn
  • R. P. Cox
  • H. Toftlund
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Richard Radmer, Otto Ollinger
    Pages 91-104
  3. A. J. Keys, N. P. Hall, M. A. J. Parry, C. N. G. Schmidt, S. Gutteridge
    Pages 105-120
  4. Sven Lindskog
    Pages 121-133
  5. D. N. Silverman, C. K. Tu, G. C. Wynns
    Pages 135-145
  6. Ortwin Meyer, Klaus Fiebig
    Pages 147-168
  7. G. J. Leigh, J. R. Postgate
    Pages 229-246
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 247-250

About these proceedings


Being small, shapeless and inert a gas molecule does not seem to be an enzyme's dream of a substrate. Nevertheless evolution has provided a host of enzymes which can interact specifically with gas molecules such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen etc. Many of these enzymes play dominant roles on the world scene in biogeochemical cycles. On the cellular level they tend to be closely connected to the energy conserving apparatus. We define Gas Enzymology as the study of these enzymes. Historically, Gas Enzymology is a subspecialty of bioenergetics. Its foundations, technical as well as conceptual were laid by Warburg in his studies of the cellular combustion of nutrients. The Warburg apparatus supported the first thirty years of research in the field. It was succeeded by the Clark electrode which had its heyday during the period when the modern concepts of bioenergetics took shape. The Clark electrode, itself approaching thirty years of age, is now being sup­ plemented and in some cases replaced by the vastly more powerful membrane inlet mass spectrometer which measures with equal ease all dis­ solved gases of interest in biochemistry. It is our belief that future development of Gas Enzymology will be linked to the widespread exploit­ ation of this technique.


Isotop biochemistry chemistry combustion energy enzymology hydrogen isotope molecule

Editors and affiliations

  • H. Degn
    • 1
  • R. P. Cox
    • 1
  • H. Toftlund
    • 1
  1. 1.Institutes of Biochemistry and ChemistryOdense UniversityOdenseDenmark

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8831-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5279-9
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