Physiological meaning and potential for application of reductive dechlorination by anaerobic bacteria.

@article{Holliger1994PhysiologicalMA,
  title={Physiological meaning and potential for application of reductive dechlorination by anaerobic bacteria.},
  author={Christof Holliger and Gosse Schraa},
  journal={FEMS microbiology reviews},
  year={1994},
  volume={15 2-3},
  pages={
          297-305
        }
}
The physiological meaning of reductive dechlorination reactions catalyzed by anaerobic bacteria can be explained as a co-metabolic activity or as a novel type of respiration. Co-metabolic activities have been found mainly with alkyl halides. They are non-specific reactions catalyzed by various enzyme systems of facultative as well as obligate anaerobic bacteria. In contrast, the reductive dechlorinations involved in metabolic respiration processes are very specific reactions. Only a limited… CONTINUE READING

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