Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 150, Issue 1, pp 78–84 | Cite as

Degradation of chlorosubstituted aromatic compounds by Pseudomonas sp. strain B13: fate of 3,5-dichlorocatechol

  • Uwe Schwein
  • Eberhard Schmidt
  • Hans-Joachim Knackmuss
  • Walter Reineke
Original Papers


The degradation of 3,5-dichlorocatechol by enzymes of 3-chlorobenzoate-grown cells of Pseudomonas sp. strain B13 was studied. The following compounds were formed from 3,5-dichlorocatechol: trans-2-chloro-4-carboxymethylenebut-2-en-4-olide, cis-2-chloro-4-carboxymethylenebut-2-en-4-olide, and chloroacetylacrylate as the decarboxylation product of 2-chloromaleylacetate. They were identified by chromatographic and spectroscopic methods (UV, MS, PMR). An enzyme activity converting trans-2-chloro-4-carboxymethylenebut-2-en-4-olide into the cis-isomer was observed.

Key words

3,5-Dichlorocatechol degradation Pseudomonas sp. strain B13 trans-2-chloro-4-carboxymethylenebut-2-en-4-olide isomerase 













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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uwe Schwein
    • 1
  • Eberhard Schmidt
    • 1
  • Hans-Joachim Knackmuss
    • 1
  • Walter Reineke
    • 1
  1. 1.Gesamthochschule WuppertalChemische Mikrobiologie der Bergischen UniversitätWuppertal 1Federal Republic of Germany

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