Free hydroxyl radical is not involved in an important reaction of lignin degradation by Phanerochaete chrysosporium Burds.

T. K. Kirk, M. D. Mozuch, Ming Tien

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Hydroxyl radical (HO.) has been implicated in the degradation of lignin by Phanerochaete chrysosporium. This study assessed the possible involvement of HO. in degradation of lignin substructural models by intact cultures and by an extracellular ligninase isolated from the cultures. Two non-phenolic lignin model compounds [aryl-C(alpha)HOH-C(beta)HR-C(gamma)H2OH, in which R = aryl (beta-1) or R = O-aryl (beta-O-4)] were degraded by cultures, by the purified ligninase, and by Fenton's reagent (H2O2 + Fe2+), which generates HO.. The ligninase and the cultures formed similar products, derived via an initial cleavage between C(alpha) and C(beta) (known to be an important biodegradative reaction), indicating that the ligninase is responsible for model degradation in cultures. Products from the Fenton degradation were mainly polar phenolics that exhibited little similarity to those from the biological systems. Mass-spectral analysis, however, revealed traces of the same products in the Fenton reaction as seen in the biological reactions; even so, an 18O2-incorporation study showed that the mechanism of formation differed. E.s.r. spectroscopy with a spin-trapping agent readily detected HO. in the Fenton system, but indicated that no HO. is formed during ligninase catalysis. We conclude, therefore that HO. is not involved in fungal C(alpha)-C(beta) cleavage in the beta-1 and beta-O-4 models and, by extension, in the same reaction in lignin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-460
Number of pages6
JournalThe Biochemical journal
Volume226
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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Phanerochaete
Lignin
Free radicals
Hydroxyl Radical
Free Radicals
Degradation
Spin Trapping
Biological systems
Catalysis
Spectrum analysis
Spectrum Analysis
ligninase
Spectroscopy

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  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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In: The Biochemical journal, Vol. 226, No. 2, 01.01.1985, p. 455-460.

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