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Degradation of substituted benzoic acids by a Micrococcus species

Haribabu, B and Kamath, Ajith V and Vaidyanathan, CS (1984) Degradation of substituted benzoic acids by a Micrococcus species. In: FEMS Microbiology Letters, 21 (2). pp. 197-200.

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Abstract a Micrococcus sp. isolated by isophthalate enrichment, utilized 8 of the 13 substituted benzoic acids tested as the sole source of carbon and energy. The organism degraded benzoic acid and anthranilic acid through the intermediate formation of catechol. While salicylate is metabolized through genetisic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid is degraded through protocatechuic acid. The organism grew well on isophthalate but failed to utilize phthalate and terphthalate. Catechol disoxygenase, gentisate dioxygenase and protocatechuate dioxygenase activities were shown in the cell-free extracts. Catechol and protocatechuate are further metabolized through an ortho-cleavage pathway.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Publisher: Wiley Interscience
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Wiley Interscience.
Keywords: Biodegradation; anthranilic acid; salicylic acid; p-hydroxybenzoic acid
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2010 12:13
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2010 12:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/24031

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