Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 2021 Apr 20. Epub 2021 Apr 20.
Unit of Biotechnology, Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8530, Japa.
Biosilicification is the process by which organisms incorporate soluble, monomeric silicic acid, Si(OH)4, in the form of polymerized insoluble silica, SiO2. Biosilicifying eukaryotes, including diatoms, siliceous sponges, and higher plants, have been the targets of intense research to study the molecular mechanisms underlying biosilicification. By contrast, prokaryotic biosilicification has been less well studied, partly because the biosilicifying capability of well-known bacteria was not recognized until recently. Read More