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  1. Foong CP, Lau NS, Deguchi S, Toyofuku T, Taylor TD, Sudesh K, et al.
    BMC Microbiol, 2014;14:318.
    PMID: 25539583 DOI: 10.1186/s12866-014-0318-z
    Special features of the Japanese ocean include its ranges of latitude and depth. This study is the first to examine the diversity of Class I and II PHA synthases (PhaC) in DNA samples from pelagic seawater taken from the Japan Trench and Nankai Trough from a range of depths from 24 m to 5373 m. PhaC is the key enzyme in microorganisms that determines the types of monomer units that are polymerized into polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and thus affects the physicochemical properties of this thermoplastic polymer. Complete putative PhaC sequences were determined via genome walking, and the activities of newly discovered PhaCs were evaluated in a heterologous host.
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