Detection of mega plasmid from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading Sphingomonas sp. strain KS14

J. C. Cho, Sung Jin Kim

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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) degrading Sphingomonas sp. strain KS14 was isolated from soil. Strain KS14 was able to utilize phenanthrene and naphthalene as sole source of carbon and energy, and mineralize phenanthrene to carbon dioxide. Strain KS14 cometabolically degraded pyrene using phenanthrene as secondary growth substrate. A large degradative plasmid (>500 kb) was detected from the strain KS14. This study suggests that this mega plasmid could be responsible for the degradation of PAH by strain KS14.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-506
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Bioengineering

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