Benzo(a)pyrene degrading bacteria

J.R. Pelmont Jean.Pelmont at wanadoo.fr
Tue May 19 09:26:42 EST 1998

Boris Braun <Boris.Braun at post.rwth-aachen.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> has anyone heard or read about some benzo(a)pyrene degrading bacteria.
> My major interest is on pure strains, but mixed communities are also
> o.k.
> Thankx for your help,                  Boris

You ought to do a search in data bases. I have these references about
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons : (very uncomplete list)

        Gibson DT, Mahadevan V, Jerina DM, Yagi H, Yeh HJC.(1975)
Science,189,295-297. Oxidation of the carcinogens benzo[a] pyrene and
benzo[a]anthracene to dihydrodiols by a bacterium.
        Heitkamp MA, Franklin W, Cerniglia CE.(1988)
Appl.Environ.Microbiol.54, 2549-2555. Microbial metabolism of polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons: isolation and characterization of a
pyrene-degrading bacterium.
        Zylstra G.L., X. P. Wang, E. Kim & V. A. Didolkar (1994)Ann N Y
Acad Sci 721: 386-398.Cloning and analysis of the genes for polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbon degradation
        Grifoll M, S. A. Selifonov, C. V. Gatlin & P. J. Chapman  (1995)
Appl Environ Microbiol 61: 3711-3723. Actions of a versatile
fluorene-degrading bacterial isolate on polycyclic aromatic compounds.
        Bouchez M, Blanchet D, Vandecasteele JP (1995) Appl Microbiol
Biotechnol 1995 Apr;43(1):156-164. Degradation of polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons by pure strains and by defined strain associations:
inhibition phenomena and cometabolism.
        Foght JM, Westlake DW (1996) Biodegradation 7, 353-366.
Transposon and spontaneous deletion mutants of plasmid-borne genes
encoding polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation by a strain of
Pseudomonas fluorescens.

There are various papers about the attack of benzopyren by fungal
peroxidases (Phanerochaete chrysosporium) and by some algae.


J. Pelmont, Biochimie
Univ. Grenoble I

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