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Metabolism of chloroguaiacols by Rhodococcus chlorophenolicus

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A polychlorophenol degrader, Rhodococcus chlorophenolicus, was shown to metabolize five different chlorinated guaiacols, namely tetrachloroguaiacol, 3,4,6-trichloroguaiacol, 3,5,6-trichloroguaiacol, 3,5-dichloroguaiacol and 3,6-dichloroguaiacol. Seven different intermediate metabolites, each with three hydroxyl or methoxyl groups, were identified. Four of these metabolites were also dehalogenation products, three carrying one chlorine atom less than the parent compound, and one metabolite from tetrachloroguaiacol where two chlorine atoms had been removed. Tetrachloroguaiacol was shown to undergo reductive dehalogenation. Demethylation of guaiacol to catechol was observed with the dichloroguaiacols, but not with polychloroguaiacols.

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Häggblom, M., Apajalahti, J. & Salkinoja-Salonen, M. Metabolism of chloroguaiacols by Rhodococcus chlorophenolicus . Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 24, 397–404 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00294597

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  • Catechol
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  • Chlorine Atom