Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 78, Issue 1, pp 157–163 | Cite as

Substrate specificity of Stenotrophomonas nitritireducens in the hydroxylation of unsaturated fatty acid

  • In-Sik Yu
  • Soo-Jin Yeom
  • Hye-Jung Kim
  • Jung-Kul Lee
  • Yong-Hwi Kim
  • Deok-Kun Oh
Applied Microbial and Cell Physiology


An isolated bacterium that converted unsaturated fatty acids to hydroxy fatty acids was identified as Stenotrophomonas nitritireducens by API analysis, cellular fatty acids compositions, sequencing the full 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid, and evaluating its nitrite reduction ability. S. nitritireducens has unique regio-specificity for C16 and C18 cis-9 unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are converted to their 10-hydroxy fatty acids without detectable byproducts. Among the cis-9-unsaturated fatty acids, S. nitritireducens showed the highest specificity for linoleic acid. The cells converted 20 mM linoleic acid to 13.5 mM 10-hydroxy-12(Z)-octadecenoic acid at 30°C and pH 7.5 with a yield of 67.5% (mol/mol).


10-Hydroxy fatty acids Substrate specificity Stenotrophomonas nitritireducens cis-9-Unsaturated fatty acids 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • In-Sik Yu
    • 1
  • Soo-Jin Yeom
    • 1
  • Hye-Jung Kim
    • 1
  • Jung-Kul Lee
    • 2
  • Yong-Hwi Kim
    • 3
  • Deok-Kun Oh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Bioscience and BiotechnologyKonkuk UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringKonkuk UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Food Science and TechnologySejong UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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