Microbial extracellular enzymes in biogeochemical cycling of ecosystems

Ling Luo*, Han Meng, Ji Dong Gu

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Extracellular enzymes, primarily produced by microorganisms, affect ecosystem processes because of their essential roles in degradation, transformation and mineralization of organic matter. Extracellular enzymes involved in the cycling of carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) have been widely investigated in many different ecosystems, and several enzymes have been recognized as key components in regulating C storage and nutrient cycling. In this review, it was the first time to summarize the specific extracellular enzymes related to C storage and nutrient cycling for better understanding the important role of microbial extracellular enzymes in biogeochemical cycling of ecosystems. Subsequently, ecoenzymatic stoichiometry - the relative ratio of extracellular enzyme, has been reviewed and further provided a new perspective for understanding biogeochemical cycling of ecosystems. Finally, the new insights of using microbial extracellular enzyme in indicating biogeochemical cycling and then protecting ecosystems have been suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-549
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon cycling
  • Enzymatic stoichiometry
  • Enzymic latch
  • Hydrolases
  • Nutrient availability
  • Phenol oxidase


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