About this Research Topic
Microbial enzymes oxidize most of the hydrocarbons that enter the environment each year. Both aerobic and anaerobic hydrocarbon oxidation processes occur. The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight recent advances in our knowledge of the enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of hydrocarbons and our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that they use. Both reviews and original research on the identity, structure and mechanisms of microbial enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of hydrocarbons as well as papers that describe any aspect of the cellular biology of hydrocarbon utilization are welcome.