Microbial transformation of widely used pharmaceutical and personal care product compounds

Abigail W. Porter, Sarah J. Wolfson, Max Häggblom, Lily Y. Youn

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Pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) are commonly used chemicals that are increasingly detected in urban-impacted environments, particularly those receiving treated wastewater. PPCPs may have toxicological effects on the macrofauna that are exposed through contaminated water; thus, there is interest in microbially mediated transformations that may degrade PPCPs. This review discusses specific examples of PPCP transformations that may occur in anoxic environments, including O-methylation and O-demethylation.:.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number130
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


  • Anaerobic O-demethylation
  • Anaerobic o-methylation
  • Biotransformation
  • Pharmaceutical biodegradation


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