Naphthalene and phenanthrene have long been used as model compounds to investigate the ability of bacteria to degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The catabolic pathways have been determined, several of the enzymes have been purified to homogeneity, and genes have been cloned and sequenced. However, the majority of this work has been performed with fast growing Pseudomonas strains related to the archetypal naphthalene-degrading P. putida strains G7 and NCIB 9816-4. Recently Comamonas testosteroni strains able to degrade naphthalene and phenanthrene have been isolated and shown to possess genes for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation that are different from the canonical genes found in Pseudomonas species. For instance, C. testosteroni GZ39 has genes for naphthalene and phenanthrene degradation which are not only different from those found in Pseudomonas species but are also arranged in a different configuration. C. testosteroni GZ42, on the other hand, has genes for naphthalene and phenanthrene degradation which are arranged almost the same as those found in Pseudomonas species but show significant divergence in their sequences.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology|
|State||Published - 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology