Bacterial Degradation of Aromatic Compounds
AbstractAromatic 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. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Seo, J.-S.; Keum, Y.-S.; Li, Q.X. Bacterial Degradation of Aromatic Compounds. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 278-309.
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.