Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(1), 278-309; doi:10.3390/ijerph6010278
Review

Bacterial Degradation of Aromatic Compounds

1 Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii, 1955 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA 2 Current address: Analytical Research Center, Korea Institute of Toxicology, 100 Jangdong, Yuseonggu, Daejeon 305-343, Korea 3 Current address: School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Shinrim-9-dong, Kwanakgu, Seoul 151-742, Korea
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 6 November 2008; Accepted: 6 January 2009 / Published: 13 January 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradability and Environmental Sciences)
PDF Full-text Download PDF Full-Text [320 KB, uploaded 13 January 2009 12:15 CET]
Abstract: Aromatic compounds are among the most prevalent and persistent pollutants in the environment. Petroleum-contaminated soil and sediment commonly contain a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic aromatics. Aromatics derived from industrial activities often have functional groups such as alkyls, halogens and nitro groups. Biodegradation is a major mechanism of removal of organic pollutants from a contaminated site. This review focuses on bacterial degradation pathways of selected aromatic compounds. Catabolic pathways of naphthalene, fluorene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, pyrene, and benzo[a]pyrene are described in detail. Bacterial catabolism of the heterocycles dibenzofuran, carbazole, dibenzothiophene, and dibenzodioxin is discussed. Bacterial catabolism of alkylated PAHs is summarized, followed by a brief discussion of proteomics and metabolomics as powerful tools for elucidation of biodegradation mechanisms.
Keywords: Bioremediation; biodegradation; PAHs; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Article Statistics

Load and display the download statistics.

Citations to this Article

Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Seo, J.-S.; Keum, Y.-S.; Li, Q.X. Bacterial Degradation of Aromatic Compounds. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 278-309.

AMA Style

Seo J-S, Keum Y-S, Li QX. Bacterial Degradation of Aromatic Compounds. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(1):278-309.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Seo, Jong-Su; Keum, Young-Soo; Li, Qing X. 2009. "Bacterial Degradation of Aromatic Compounds." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 1: 278-309.

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert