Continuing to explore the relationship between the chemistry of metals and life processes, this volume in the Metal Ions in Biological Systems series examines the degradation of environmental pollutants by micro-organisms. It covers the action of micro-organisms and metalloenzymes on lignin, tannins, hemicelluloses, cellulose and aromatic compounds, as well as on halogenated aromatics and aliphatics; analyzes mechanistic aspects; considers the role of metalloproteases in biotechnology and wastewater sludge treatment; and describes the metal-dependent conversion of inorganic nitrogen and sulfur compounds.
General strategies in the biodegradation of pollutants, Thomas W. Egli; oxidation of aromatic pollutants by lignin-degrading fungi and their extracellular peroxidases, Kenneth E. Hammel; biodegradation of tannins, J.A. Field and G. Lettinga; aerobic biodegradation of aromatic hydrocarbons by bacteria, Shigeaki Harayama and Kenneth N. Timmis; degradation of halogenated aromatics by actinomycetes, Bruno Winter and Wolfgang Zimmermann; enzymes catalyzing oxidative coupling reactions of pollutants, Jean-Marc Bollag; mechanism of action of peroxidases, Helen Anni and Takashi Yonetani; mechanistic aspects of dihydroxybenzoate dioxygenases, John D. Lipscomb and Allen M. Orville; aerobic and anaerobic degradation of halogenated aliphatics, Dick B. Janssen and Bernard Witholt; mechanisms of reductive dehalogenation by transition metal cofactors found in anaerobic bacteria, Lawrence B. Wackett and Craig A. Schanke; bacterial degradation of hemicelluloses, Wolfgang Zimmermann; degradation of cellulose and effects of metal ions on cellulases, Anil Goyal and Douglas E. Eveleigh; metalloproteases and their role in biotechnology, Guido Grandi and Giulano Galli; metal-dependent conversion of inorganic nitrogen and sulfur compounds, Peter M.H. Kroneck et al.