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Chai L.-Y.,National Engineering Research Center for Pollution Control of Heavy Metal | Zhang H.,National Engineering Research Center for Pollution Control of Heavy Metal | Yang W.-C.,National Engineering Research Center for Pollution Control of Heavy Metal | Zhu Y.-H.,Hunan University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Central South University | Year: 2013

As a major component of lignin and abundantly existing in softwood and hardwood, ferulic acid has been used as a lignin-related compound for lignin biodegradation study. Biodegradation of ferulic acid by Cupriavidus sp. B-8, a newly isolated strain, was studied. This strain is able to utilize a wide range of lignin-related aromatic compounds as the sole carbon and energy source, including guaiacol, veratric acid, vanillic acid, cinnamic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, and sinapic acid. In addition, the effects of different concentrations of ferulic acid on growth of Cupriavidus sp. B-8 were studied. The growth of Cupriavidus sp. B-8 is better under the condition of lower concentration. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis reveals that above 95% of ferulic acid is degraded within 12 h by Cupriavidus sp. B-8. Based on identification of biodegradation intermediates and further metabolites, the biodegradation pathway of ferulic acid by Cupriavidus sp. B-8 was proposed. Ferulic acid is initially converted to 4-vinylguaiacol, and further oxidized to vanillic acid and protocatechuic acid. © 2013 Central South University Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source

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