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Aerobic bacterial catabolism of persistent organic pollutants — potential impact of biotic and abiotic interaction
- Jeon, Jong-Rok, Murugesan, Kumarasamy, Baldrian, Petr, Schmidt, Stefan, Chang, Yoon-Seok
- Current opinion in biotechnology 2016 v.38 pp. 71-78
- aerobes, algae, bacteria, earthworms, electricity, fungi, iron, metabolism, oxidation, persistent organic pollutants, plants (botany), polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans
- Several aerobic bacteria possess unique catabolic pathways enabling them to degrade persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/furans (PCDD/Fs), polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The catabolic activity of aerobic bacteria employed for removal of POPs in the environment may be modulated by several biotic (i.e. fungi, plants, algae, earthworms, and other bacteria) and abiotic (i.e. zero-valent iron, advanced oxidation, and electricity) agents. This review describes the basic biochemistry of the aerobic bacterial catabolism of selected POPs and discusses how biotic and abiotic agents enhance or inhibit the process. Solutions allowing biotic and abiotic agents to exert physical and chemical assistance to aerobic bacterial catabolism of POPs are also discussed.