J Genomics 2018; 6:24-29. doi:10.7150/jgen.24929

Research Paper

Genomic Analysis of Propane Metabolism in Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether-Degrading Mycobacterium Sp. Strain ENV421

Peter Robert Tupa, Hisako Masuda

School of Sciences, Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo, Indiana, 46902, United States of America

Abstract

Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is a ground water contaminant with plausible carcinogenic properties. Mycobacterium sp. strain ENV421 cometabolically degrades MTBE and other ethers during the growth on propane as a carbon source. In this study, the 6.2 Mb genome of strain ENV421 was deciphered. The genome sequence revealed the presence of numerous putative propane catabolic genes including genes encoding hydrocarbon oxygenases and short chain alcohol dehydrogenases. These data provide the basis for the elucidation of propane metabolic pathways in strain ENV421 and its application for the remediation of ground water contaminated with toxic ethers.

Keywords: Propane, MTBE, whole genome, oxygenase, Mycobacterium, ENV421

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How to cite this article:
Tupa PR, Masuda H. Genomic Analysis of Propane Metabolism in Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether-Degrading Mycobacterium Sp. Strain ENV421. J Genomics 2018; 6:24-29. doi:10.7150/jgen.24929. Available from http://www.jgenomics.com/v06p0024.htm