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Metabolism of alpha-terpineol by Pseudomonas incognita

Madyastha, KM and Renganathan, V (1984) Metabolism of alpha-terpineol by Pseudomonas incognita. In: Can J Microbiol, 30 (12). pp. 1429-1436.

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Details of the metabolism of alpha-terpineol by Pseudomonas incognita are presented. Degradation of alpha-terpineol by this organism resulted in the formation of a number of acidic and neutral metabolites. Among the acidic metabolites, beta-isopropyl pimelic acid, 1-hydroxy-4-isopropenyl-cyclohexane-1-carboxylic acid, 8-hydroxycumic acid, oleuropeic acid, cumic acid, and p-isopropenyl benzoic acid have been identified. Neutral metabolites identified were limonene, p-cymene-8-ol, 2-hydroxycineole, and uroterpenol. Cell-free extracts prepared from alpha-terpineol adapted cells were shown to convert alpha-terpineol, p-cymene-8-ol, and limonene to oleuropeic acid, 8-hydroxycumic acid, and perillic acid, respectively, in the presence of NADH. The same cell-free extract contained NAD+ -specific dehydrogenase(s) which converted oleuropyl alcohol, p-cymene-7,8-diol, and perillyl alcohol to their corresponding 7-carboxy acids. On the basis of various metabolites isolated from the culture medium, together with the supporting evidence obtained from enzymatic and growth studies, it appears that P. incognita degrades alpha-terpineol by at least three different routes. While one of the pathways seems to operate via oleuropeic acid, a second may be initiated through the aromatization of alpha-terpineol. The third pathway may involve the formation of limonene from alpha-terpineol and its further metabolism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Can J Microbiol
Publisher: National Research Council Canada
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to National Research Council Canada.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2010 09:53
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2010 09:53
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/22232

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