Regioselective biotransformation of the dinitrile compounds 2-, 3- and 4-(cyanomethyl) benzonitrile by the soil bacterium Rhodococcus rhodochrous LL100-21.
The cyanomethyl benzonitrile compounds used for this study contain two cyano groups: a -CH(2)CN side chain, plus a cyano group attached to the benzene ring. The ortho, meta and para -CH(2)CN substituted compounds were biotransformed using whole cell suspensions of the bacterium Rhodococcus rhodochrous LL100-21. The bacterium had previously been grown on the mono-nitrile compounds propionitrile, benzonitrile or acetonitrile, inducing the formation of nitrile hydrolyzing enzymes.Suspensions of ...Expand abstract
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