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Whole-Cell Kinetics of Trichloroethylene Degradation by Phenol Hydroxylase in a Ralstonia eutropha JMP134 Derivative

Authors
  • Patricia J. Ayoubi
  • Alan R. Harker
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1998
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Biology
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Abstract

The rate, progress, and limits of trichloroethylene (TCE) degradation by Ralstonia eutropha AEK301/pYK3021 whole cells were examined in the absence of aromatic induction. At TCE concentrations up to 800 μM, degradation rates were sustained until TCE was no longer detectable. The Ks and Vmax for TCE degradation by AEK301/pYK3021 whole cells were determined to be 630 μM and 22.6 nmol/min/mg of total protein, respectively. The sustained linear rates of TCE degradation by AEK301/pYK3021 up to a concentration of 800 μM TCE suggest that solvent effects are limited during the degradation of TCE and that this construct is little affected by the formation of toxic intermediates at the TCE levels and assay duration tested. TCE degradation by this strain is subject to carbon catabolite repression.

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