Iminodiacetate and nitrilotriacetate degradation by Kluyveromyces marxianus IMB3

Nigel G. Ternan*, Geoffrey McMullan

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The thermotolerant yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus IMB3 was capable of utilising either iminodiacetate or nitrilotriacetate as a sole source of nitrogen for growth. Cell extracts contained iminodiacetate dehydrogenase and nitrilotriacetate monooxygenase activities, suggesting the presence in the yeast of orthologues of these bacterial enzymes. The activities were not detectable in complete medium-growth cells, nor in nitrogen-starved cells, suggesting an inducible biodedgradation pathway for biodegradation of these xenobiotics, which has not been previously reported in a eukaryotic cell system. This observation emphasises the hitherto unrealised importance of yeast strains in the biodegradation of xenobiotics in the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-805
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


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