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Degradation of 1,2-dichlorobenzene by a Pseudomonas sp.

A Pseudomonas sp. that was capable of growth on 1,2-dichlorobenzene (o-DCB) or chlorobenzene as a sole source of carbon and energy was isolated by selective enrichment from activated sludge. The initial steps involved in the degradation of o-DCB were investigated by isolation of metabolites, respirometry, and assay of enzymes in cell extracts. Extracts of o-DCB-grown cells converted radiolabeled o-DCB to 3,4-dichloro-cis-1,2-dihydroxycyclohexa-3,5-diene (o-DCB dihydrodiol). 3,4-Dichlorocatechol and o-DCB dihydrodiol accumulated in culture fluids of cells exposed to o-DCB. The results suggest that o-DCB is initially converted by a dioxygenase to a dihydrodiol, which is converted to 3,4-dichlorocatechol by an NAD+-dependent dehydrogenase. Ring cleavage of 3,4-dichlorocatechol is by a catechol 1,2-oxygenase to form 2,3-dichloro-cis,cis-muconate. Preliminary results indicate that chloride is eliminated during subsequent lactonization of the 2,3-dichloro-cis,cis-muconate, followed by hydrolysis to form 5-chloromaleylacetic acid.[1]


  1. Degradation of 1,2-dichlorobenzene by a Pseudomonas sp. Haigler, B.E., Nishino, S.F., Spain, J.C. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (1988) [Pubmed]
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