1. Intact cells of a non-fluorescent Pseudomonas grown with m-cresol, 2,5-xylenol, 3,5-xylenol, 3-ethyl-5-methylphenol or 2,3,5-trimethylphenol rapidly oxidized all these phenols to completion. 3-Hydroxybenzoate and 2,5-dihydroxybenzoate (gentisate) were also readily oxidized. 2. 3-Hydroxybenzoic acid and 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid were isolated as products of m-cresol oxidation by cells inhibited by αα′-bipyridyl. Alkyl-substituted 3-hydroxybenzoic acids and alkyl-substituted gentisic acids were formed similarly from 2,5-xylenol, 3,5-xylenol, 3-ethyl-5-methylphenol and 2,3,5-trimethylphenol. 3. When supplemented with NADH, not NADPH, extracts of cells grown with 2,5-xylenol catalysed the oxidation of all five phenols and accumulated the corresponding gentisic acids in the presence of αα′-bipyridyl. 4. Cells of a fluorescent Pseudomonas grown with m-cresol oxidized m-cresol, 3,5-xylenol and 3-ethyl-5-methylphenol to completion and oxidized 2,5-xylenol and 2,3,5-trimethylphenol partially. The oxidation product of 2,5-xylenol was identified as 3-hydroxy-4-methylbenzoic acid. In the presence of αα′-bipyridyl, 3-hydroxy-5-methylbenzoic acid and 3-methylgentisic acid were formed from 3,5-xylenol.
Gentisic acid and its 3- and 4-methyl-substituted homologues as intermediates in the bacterial degradation of m-cresol, 3,5-xylenol and 2,5-xylenol
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D. J. Hopper, P. J. Chapman; Gentisic acid and its 3- and 4-methyl-substituted homologues as intermediates in the bacterial degradation of m-cresol, 3,5-xylenol and 2,5-xylenol. Biochem J 1 March 1971; 122 (1): 19–28. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/bj1220019
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