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Plant terpenes and lignin as natural cosubstrates in biodegradation of polyclorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

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The objective of this minireview is to examine how cometabolic biodegradation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) might be affected by plant terpenes and lignins as natural substrates abundant in nature. The topics covered, hence, are environmental significance of PCBs and PAHs, nature and distribution of plant terpenes and lignin, structural and metaoblic similarities of the natural compounds to PCBs and PAHs, and possible roles of the natural substrates in inducing the biodegradative pathways of PCBs and PAHs.

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Koh, S., Park, Y., Koo, Y. et al. Plant terpenes and lignin as natural cosubstrates in biodegradation of polyclorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Biotechnol. Bioprocess Eng. 5, 164–168 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02936588

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Keywords

  • PCBs
  • PAHs
  • terpenes
  • lignin
  • biodegradation
  • bioremediation
  • induction
  • RT-PCR