Novel enzyme dehalogenates 1;2-dichloroethane

Daniele Daffonchio*

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As a result of the widespread use of 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA), this solvent has become a common environmental contaminant. A research team from the lab of Danielle Daffonchio at the University of Studies in Milan has found unknown reductive dehalogenase enzyme that is specifically adapted to dechlorination of 1,2-DCA to ethylene. The enzyme was identified in the metagenome from a contaminated groundwater enrichment culture and isolated from the "Desulfitobacterium dichloroeliminans" strain DCA1. The researchers concluded that the newly discovered enzymes are specifically adapted to 1,2-DCA dechlorination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9
Number of pages1
JournalIndustrial Bioprocessing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy (miscellaneous)


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