, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 219-224
Date: 22 Dec 2006

Identification of metabolites produced from N-phenylpiperazine by Mycobacterium spp

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Mycobacterium sp. 7E1B1W and seven other mycobacterial strains known to degrade hydrocarbons were investigated to determine their ability to metabolize the piperazine ring, a substructure found in many drugs. Cultures were grown at 30°C in tryptic soy broth and dosed with 3.1 mM N-phenylpiperazine hydrochloride; samples were removed at intervals and extracted with ethyl acetate. Two metabolites were purified from each of the extracts by high-performance liquid chromatography; they were identified by mass spectrometry and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy as N-(2-anilinoethyl)acetamide and N-acetyl-N′-phenylpiperazine. The results show that mycobacteria have the ability to acetylate piperazine rings and cleave carbon-nitrogen bonds.