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Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 459–462 | Cite as

Degradation of Lignin Compounds by Bacteria from Termite Guts

  • Kinya Kato
  • Shinya Kozaki
  • Masanori Sakuranaga
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Abstract

By incubating bacteria from the gut of the termite, Nasutitermes takasagoensis, in a culture medium containing a ligninic compound, direct evidence that lignin-biodegradation occurs in the gut of termites was obtained. The bacteria were capable of degrading ligninic compounds. 28% of dealkalized lignin was degraded and lignin dimer compounds, which have a linkage proper to lignin, such as β-O-4, β-1, phenylcoumarane and biphenyl bonds, were degraded by 60 % to 95 %.

Keywords

Organic Chemistry Lignin Direct Evidence Bioorganic Chemistry Biphenyl 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kinya Kato
    • 1
  • Shinya Kozaki
    • 1
  • Masanori Sakuranaga
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Bioengineering, Canon Research CenterCanon Inc.Atsugi-shi, KanagawaJapan

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