Biogenic Iron Sulfide Nanoparticles to Enable Extracellular Electron Uptake in Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria

Xiao Deng, Naoshi Dohmae, Anna H. Kaksonen, Akihiro Okamoto

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Abstract

Microbes synthesize cell-associated nanoparticles (NPs) and utilize their physicochemical properties to produce energy under unfavorable metabolic conditions. Iron sulfide (FeS) NPs are ubiquitous and are predominantly biosynthesized by sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB). However, the biological role of FeS NPs in SRB remains understudied. Now, conductive FeS NPs function is demonstrated as an electron conduit enabling Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough, an SRB strain, to utilize solid-state electron donors via direct electron uptake. After forming FeS NPs on the cell surface, D. vulgaris initiated current generation coupled with sulfate reduction on electrodes poised at −0.4 V versus standard hydrogen electrode. Single-cell activity analysis showed that the electron uptake and metabolic rate via FeS NPs in D. vulgaris were about sevenfold higher than those via native cell-surface proteins in other SRB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5995-5999
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume59
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2020

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