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Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 411-416

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Non-stereospecific oxidation of DL-3-methylheptane by aPseudomonas

  • J. W. HeringaAffiliated withKoninklijke/Shell-LaboratoriumShell Internationale Research Maatschappij N.V.
  • , A. C. van der LindenAffiliated withKoninklijke/Shell-LaboratoriumShell Internationale Research Maatschappij N.V.

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Summary

Stereospecificity of microbiological alkane oxidation was investigated by studying the oxidation of DL-3-methylheptane byPseudomonas cells. It was found that the D- and L-isomer are oxidized at the same rate. The conclusion that 3-methylheptane oxidation is non-stereospecific applies also to 3-methylhexane, but cannot safely be generalized to include other alkanes (and micro-organisms) as well.