Fate of Branched-Chain Fatty Acids in Anaerobic Environment of River Sediment
The fate of six different branched-chain fatty acids (BCFAs) in an anaerobic environment of a river sediment was studied in vitro by culturing enrichment consortia. The anaerobic consortium of BCFA-degrading genus degraded BCFAs with tertiary carbons through β-oxidation, followed by methanogenesis by methane-producing anaerobic bacteria. The consortium could not degrade BCFAs with quaternary carbon. Degree of branching at the alpha or beta position along the carbon chain interfered with the beta-oxidation mechanisms of the branched-chain fatty acid.
Index EntriesAnaerobic consortium β-oxidation branched-chain fatty acid river sediment
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