Novel Enzymes from Methylotrophic Microorganisms
In the course of our studies on methylotrophs, microorganisms that grow on methane and on other C1 compounds, we discovered that cell suspensions of methane-grown bacteria have the ability to oxidize gaseous 1-alkenes to their corresponding 1,2-epoxyalkanes, as well as to hydroxylate not only methane, but also the other gaseous alkanes (1). Thus, ethylene, propylene, 1-butene, and butadiene are converted to expodies, and methand, ethane, propane, and butane are hydroxylated; both primary and secondary alcohol products were detected. The product epoxides are not further metabolized and they accumulate extracellularly.
KeywordsSecondary Alcohol Tertiary Alcohol Methane Monooxygenase Methylotrophic Bacterium Gaseous Alkane
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