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Hemoproteins as Biocatalysts for the Oxidation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

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The use of fossil fuels for energy and as raw materials during the last century has been the origin of some widespread environmental pollution. Among these pollutants are the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s) that are considered to be a potential health risk because of their possible carcinogenic and mutagenic activities [1]. Aromatic hydrocarbons are also formed during the pyrolysis of organic matter and are ubiquitous in nature. The ability of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) to modify PAH’s by oxidation is well known, and a number of comprehensive reviews have been written on the microbial metabolism of PAH’s [2–5].

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Lignin Peroxidase Phanerochaete Chrysosporium Manganese Peroxidase Cumene Hydroperoxide 
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