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Phenanthrene biodegradation by halophilic Martelella sp. AD-3.
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PMID:  22762374     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: To investigate the phenanthrene-degrading abilities of the halophilic Martelella species AD-3 under different conditions and to propose a possible metabolic pathway. METHODS AND RESULTS: By using HPLC and GC-MS analyses, the phenanthrene-degrading properties of the halophilic strain AD-3 and its metabolites were analysed. This isolate efficiently degraded phenanthrene under multiple conditions characterised by different concentrations of phenanthrene (100 to 400 mg l(-1) ), a broad range of salinities (0.1 to 15%) and varying pHs (6.0 to 10.0). Phenanthrene (200 mg l(-1) ) was completely depleted under 3% salinity and a pH of 9.0 within six days. The potential toxicity of phenanthrene and its generated metabolites towards the bacterium Vibrio fischeri was significantly reduced 10 days after the bioassay. Based on the identified metabolites, enzyme activities and the utilization of probable intermediates, phenanthrene degradation by strain AD-3 was proposed in two distinct routes. In route I, metabolism of phenanthrene was initiated by the dioxygenation at C-3,4 via 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid, 1-naphthol, salicylic acid and gentisic acid. In route II, phenanthrene was metabolised to 9-phenanthrol and 9,10-phenanthrenequinone. Further study indicated that strain AD-3 exhibited a wide spectrum of substrate utilization including other PAHs. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that strain AD-3 possesses a high phenanthrene biodegradability and that the degradation occurs via two routes that remarkably reduce toxicity. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: To the best of our knowledge, this work presents the first report of phenanthrene degradation by a halophilic PAH-degrading strain via two routes. In the future, the use of halophilic strain AD-3 provides a potential application for efficient PAH-contaminated hypersaline field remediation. © 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
Tian-Cai Feng; Chang-Zheng Cui; Fei Dong; Yao-Yu Feng; Yong-di Liu; Xin-Mei Yang
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2672     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9706280     Medline TA:  J Appl Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Environmental Risk Assessment and Control on Chemical Process, School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, 200237, China.
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