Bacterial metabolism of quaternary ammonium compounds.

  title={Bacterial metabolism of quaternary ammonium compounds.},
  author={Deborah DEAN-RAYMOND and Michael Alexander},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={33 5},
Of 10 quaternary ammonium compounds tested for biodegradation by the biological oxygen demand technique, only decyl- and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromides were decomposed by organisms derived from sewage and soil. A mixture consisting of individual strains of Pseudomonas and Xanthomonas grew in solutions containing decyltrimethylammonium bromide as sole carbon source. The xanthomonad metabolized this quaternary ammonium compound in the presence of other organic molecules. The products of this… CONTINUE READING


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