An Alcaligenes species, which was isolated from soil, can utilize abietic acid as its sole carbon source. During growth, the bacterium transforms abietic acid into 5α-hydroxyabietic acid (I, R=OH), a product considered to be 7β-hydroxy-13-isopropyl-8ξ-podocarp-13-en-15-oic acid (II, R=H) and a compound, C20H28O3, which is believed to be an epoxy-γ-lactone.
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Research Article| June 01 1968
The bacterial transformation of abietic acid
B. E. Cross;
Biochem J (1968) 108 (2): 303–310.
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B. E. Cross, P. L. Myers; The bacterial transformation of abietic acid. Biochem J 1 June 1968; 108 (2): 303–310. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/bj1080303
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