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Applied microbiology and biotechnology

The formation of 1-hydroxymethylnaphthalene and 6-hydroxymethylquinoline by both oxidative and reductive routes in Cunninghamella elegans.


PMID 9802224

Abstract

Extraction of medium after incubation of the fungus, Cunninghamella elegans, with 0.03% (w/v) 1-methylnaphthalene produced mainly 1-hydroxymethylnaphthalene together with some 1-naphthoic acid and hydroxynaphthoic acid. Higher concentrations of substrate were inhibitory to biotransformation. Similar incubations with 1-naphtoic acid as substrate resulted in reduction of the carboxyl group to give 1-hydroxymethylnaphthalene. When 6-methylquinoline was used, the main product was 6-hydroxymethylquinoline but also some quinoline-6-carboxylic acid and some 6-methylquinoline-N-oxide were identified. In a 2-l fermenter 2.5 g substrate was transformed in 324 h. The 6-hydroxymethylquinoline was also produced by reduction of quinoline-6-carboxylic acid by the organism.