Natural production of organohalide compounds in the environment

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More than 5000 natural organohalogen compounds have been identified. In terrestrial environments, the bulk of the organochlorine is locked up in humic polymers, collectively accounting for a global organochlorine storage of several million Gg. Natural sources are primarily responsible for the global budget of chloromethane and chloroform. Basidiomycete fungi involved in the decomposition of forest litter produce large quantities of chlorinated phenolic methyl ethers. In marine environments naturally occurring chlorinated and brominated bipyrroles as well as methoxypolybrominated phenyl ethers biomagnify in sea mammals. There are at least five distinct halogenating enzyme systems: (1) methyl transferases; (2) heme haloperoxidases; (3) vandadium haloperoxidases; (4) flavin-dependent halogenases and (5) α-ketoglutarate/Fe(II) dependent halogenases. Natural halogenated phenolic metabolites are subject to biotransformation including O-demethylation and organohalide respiration. Naturally occurring phenolics are also polymerized by oxidative enzymes to dioxins and chlorohumus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOrganohalide-Respiring Bacteria
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages7-29
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783662498750
ISBN (Print)9783662498736
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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organochlorine
ether
Ethers
Phenyl Ethers
Enzymes
Methyl Chloride
enzyme
Methyl Ethers
Basidiomycota
Mammals
Dioxins
terrestrial environment
biotransformation
Budgets
Chloroform
Chlorine compounds
Biotransformation
chloroform
Transferases
Metabolites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Field, J. A. (2016). Natural production of organohalide compounds in the environment. In Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria (pp. 7-29). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-49875-0_2

Natural production of organohalide compounds in the environment. / Field, James A.

Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2016. p. 7-29.

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Field, JA 2016, Natural production of organohalide compounds in the environment. in Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 7-29. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-49875-0_2
Field JA. Natural production of organohalide compounds in the environment. In Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 2016. p. 7-29 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-49875-0_2
Field, James A. / Natural production of organohalide compounds in the environment. Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2016. pp. 7-29
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