alexa Mechanisms for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation by ligninolytic fungi.


Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Author(s): Hammel KE

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Abstract Ligninolytic fungi accomplish the partial degradation of numerous aromatic organopollutants. Their ability to degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is particularly interesting because eukaryotes were previously considered to be unable to cleave fused-ring aromatics. Recent results indicate that extracellular peroxidases of these fungi are responsible for the initial oxidation of PAHs. Fungal lignin peroxidases oxidize certain PAHs directly, whereas fungal manganese peroxidases co-oxidize them indirectly during enzyme-mediated lipid peroxidation.
This article was published in Environ Health Perspect and referenced in Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry

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