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Oxidative dechlorination of methoxychlor by ligninolytic enzymes from white-rot fungi.

Chemosphere (2004-03-10)
Hirofumi Hirai, Sawako Nakanishi, Tomoaki Nishida
ABSTRACT

Ligninolytic enzymes, manganese peroxidase (MnP), laccase, and lignin peroxidase (LiP), from white-rot fungi were used in an attempt to treat methoxychlor (MC), a chemical widely used as a pesticide. MnP and laccase in the presence of Tween 80 and 1-hydroxybenzotriazole (HBT), respectively, and LiP were found to degrade MC, and MnP-Tween 80 decreased MC levels by about 65% after a 24-h treatment. MC was converted into methoxychlor olefin (MCO) and 4,4'-dimethoxybenzophenone by MnP-Tween 80 or laccase-HBT treatment. These results indicate that ligninolytic enzymes from white-rot fungi can catalyze the oxidative dechlorination of MC. Moreover, a metabolite MCO was also degraded by MnP-Tween 80 or laccase-HBT treatment.

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4,4′-Dimethoxybenzophenone, 97%