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Detoxification of reactive intermediates during microbial metabolism of halogenated compounds

By Johan E.T. van Hylckama Vlieg, Gerrit J. Poelarends, Astrid E. Mars and D.B. Janssen


The reactivity and toxicity of metabolic intermediates that are generated by initial biotransformation reactions can be a major limiting factor for biodegradation of halogenated organic compounds. Recent work on the conversion of haloalkanes, chloroaromatics and chloroethenes indicates that microorganisms may become less sensitive to toxic effects either by using novel pathways that circumvent the generation of reactive intermediates or by producing modified enzymes that decrease the toxicity of such compounds.

Year: 2000
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