Current Microbiology

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 229–231

Oxidation of dibenzothiophene byCunninghamella elegans

  • Donald L. Crawford
  • Rajinder K. Gupta
Article

Abstract

The metabolism of dibenzothiophene (DBT) by the catabolically versatile fungusCunninghamella elegans (ATCC 36112) was investigated. This fungus has been previously shown to metabolize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons including nitropolycyclic aromatics, but has not been shown to metabolize DBT. The results show thatC. elegans oxidizes DBT to its corresponding DBT-5 oxide and then to DBT-sulfone, without the formation of any biphenyl intermediates.

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald L. Crawford
    • 1
  • Rajinder K. Gupta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Bacteriology and Biochemistry, Institute for Molecular and Agricultural Genetic EngineeringUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA

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