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Novel Allylic Oxidation of α-Cedrene to sec-Cedrenol by a Rhodococcus Strain

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Abstract

A bacterial strain, designated KSM-7358, that can use α-cedrene for growth was isolated. The strain was identified as a member of the genus Rhodococcus and catalyzed the novel allylic oxidation of α-cedrene regiospecifically to produce (R)-10-hydroxycedrene (sec-cedrenol) with a very high yield. α-Curcumene was also produced as a possible metabolite of sec-cedrenol. A possible pathway for the microbial conversion of α-cedrene to sec-cedrenol and α-curcumene is proposed.

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