Author(s): Hirano T, Honda Y, Watanabe T, Kuwahara M
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Abstract Degradation of 2,2-Bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)propane (bisphenol A, BPA), an endocrine-disturbing chemical, by the growing mycelia of the white-rot basidiomycete, Pleurotus ostreatus, was examined. About 80\% of BPA initially present decreased in 12 days of culture with this fungus. By in vitro experiments using the lignin-degrading enzyme manganese peroxidase (MnP), BPA was metabolized to phenol, 4-isopropenylphenol, 4-isopropylphenol, and hexestrol. The degradation products of BPA were assumed to be formed by the one-electron oxidation of the substrate.
This article was published in Biosci Biotechnol Biochem
and referenced in Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology