Marine Molecular Biotechnology

Molecular Biomineralization

Aquatic Organisms Forming Extraordinary Materials

Editors: Müller, Werner E G (Ed.)

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  • State-of-the-art overview of all aspects of biomineralization
  • Includes outlook on future applications
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The concept of ‘biomineralization’ signifies mineralization processes that take place in close association with organic molecules or matrices. The awareness that mineral formation can be guided by organic molecules notably contributed to the understanding of the formation of the inorganic skeletons of living organisms. Modern electron microscopic and spectroscopic analyses have successfully demonstrated the participation of biological systems in several mineralization processes, and prominent examples include the formation of bio-silica in diatoms and sponges. This insight has already made the application of recombinant technology for the production of valuable inorganic polymers, such as bio-silica, possible. This polymer can be formed by silicatein under conditions that cannot be matched by chemical means. Similarly, the efforts described in this book have elucidated that certain organisms, bacteria in deep-sea polymetallic nodules and coccoliths in seamount crusts, are involved in the deposition of marine minerals. Strategies have already been developed to utilize such microorganisms for the biosynthesis and bioleaching of marine deposits. Moreover, studies reveal that bio-polymers enhance the hydroxyapatite formation of bone-forming cells and alter the expression of important regulators of bone resorption, suggesting a potential for bone regeneration and treatment / prevention of osteoporosis.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Magnetite Biomineralization in Bacteria

    Baumgartner, Jens (et al.)

    Pages 3-27

  • Maxi- and Mini-Ferritins: Minerals and Protein Nanocages

    Bevers, Loes E. (et al.)

    Pages 29-47

  • Manganese Oxidation by Bacteria: Biogeochemical Aspects

    Sujith, P. P. (et al.)

    Pages 49-76

  • Molecular Biomineralization: Toward an Understanding of the Biogenic Origin of Polymetallic Nodules, Seamount Crusts, and Hydrothermal Vents

    Wang, Xiaohong (et al.)

    Pages 77-110

  • Molecular Basis of Bacterial Calcium Carbonate Precipitation

    Perito, Brunella (et al.)

    Pages 113-139

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Molecular Biomineralization
Book Subtitle
Aquatic Organisms Forming Extraordinary Materials
Editors
  • Werner E G Müller
Series Title
Marine Molecular Biotechnology
Series Volume
52
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-21230-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-21230-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-21229-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-27118-2
Series ISSN
1611-6119
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 404
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