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Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry

Formation of 4-vinyl guaiacol as an intermediate in bioconversion of ferulic acid by Schizophyllum commune.


PMID 18175910

Abstract

In order to utilize phenolic compounds in unused biomass resources, the metabolic pathway of ferulic acid by way of a white-rot fungus, Schizophyllum commune, was investigated. Ferulic acid was immediately degraded, and the formation of 4-vinyl guaiacol was confirmed by GC-MS analysis. The metabolic test of ferulic acid and its degradation products indicated that S. commune converted ferulic acid into 4-vinyl guaiacol by decarboxylation. This was then oxidized to vanillin and vanillic acid. This result indicates that S. commune distinguished ferulic acid from lignins and metabolized it specifically.

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