, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp 448–452 | Cite as

Microbial subterminal oxidation of alkanes and alk-1-enes

  • J. E. Allen
  • F. W. Forney
  • A. J. Markovetz


Oxidation ofn-alkanes and alk-1-enes by aPenicillium species andPseudomonas aeruginosa resulted in the formation of intermediates arising from the oxidation of methylene groups. A catabolic pathway involving oxidation of the hydrocarbon to a secondary alcohol and the corresponding ketone, followed by the formation and subsequent cleavage of an ester intermediate is presented.


Secondary Alcohol Tetradecane Acetate Ester Tridecane Methyl Ketone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. E. Allen
    • 1
  • F. W. Forney
    • 1
  • A. J. Markovetz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of IowaIowa City

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