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Title: Degradation of phenolic compounds by the lignocellulose deconstructing thermoacidophilic bacterium Alicyclobacillus Acidocaldarius

Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius, a thermoacidophilic bacterium, has a repertoire of thermo- and acid-stable enzymes that deconstruct lignocellulosic compounds. The work presented here describes the ability of A. acidocaldarius to reduce the concentration of the phenolic compounds: phenol, ferulic acid, ρ-coumaric acid and sinapinic acid during growth conditions. The extent and rate of the removal of these compounds were significantly increased by the presence of micro-molar copper concentrations, suggesting activity by copper oxidases that have been identified in the genome of A. acidocaldarius. Substrate removal kinetics was first order for phenol, ferulic acid, ρ-coumaric acid and sinapinic acid in the presence of 50 μM copper sulfate. In addition, laccase enzyme assays of cellular protein fractions suggested significant activity on a lignin analog between the temperatures of 45 and 90 °C. As a result, this work shows the potential for A. acidocaldarius to degrade phenolic compounds, demonstrating potential relevance to biofuel production and other industrial processes.
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  2. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1367-5435; PII: 1700
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Journal Name:
Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1367-5435
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius; Thermophiles; Phenolics; Bioremoval