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New metabolic pathway for o-cresol degradation by Pseudomonas sp. CP4 as evidenced by 1H NMR spectroscopic studies

Ahamad, P. Y. A. and Kunhi, A. A. M. and Divakar, S. (2001) New metabolic pathway for o-cresol degradation by Pseudomonas sp. CP4 as evidenced by 1H NMR spectroscopic studies. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 17. pp. 371-377.

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Abstract

Degradation intermediates of o-, m- and p-cresols extracted from resting cells of Pseudomonas sp. CP4, a potent cresol- and phenol-degrading laboratory isolate, were analysed by using 1H NMR spectroscopy at 270 MHz. Ortho-, meta- and para-cresols were found to be degraded to 2-methyl-4-oxalocrotonate. 3-Methylcatechol from o-cresol was degraded further to 2-ketohex-cis-4-enoate, 4-methylcatechol from m- and p-cresol was degraded to 2-ketohex-cis-4-enoate. Also 2-ketopent-4-enoate was found to be formed from p-cresol. Formation of 2-methyl-4-oxalocrotonate was envisaged as taking place from 5-hydroxy-2-methylmuconic semialdehyde, the ring-cleavage product of 4-methylresorcinol, a possible product by hydroxylation of o-cresol along with 3-methylcatechol. This is a deviation from the hitherto known pathways of o-cresol degradation. Based on these observations, pathways for the degradation of all three isomers of cresol are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Catabolic pathway - degradation - 1H NMR spectroscopy - intermediary metabolites - o-, m- and p-cresol
Subjects: 600 Technology > 05 Chemical engineering > 04 Fermentation Technology
Divisions: Fermentation Technology and Bioengineering
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2009 09:36
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 12:21
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/9132

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