Fate of branched-chain fatty acids in anaerobic environment of river sediment

H. Chua, Wai Hung Lo, P. H.F. Yu

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The fate of six different branched-chain fatty acids (BCFAs) in an anaerobic environment of a river sediment was studied in vitro by culturing enrichment consortia. The anaerobic consortium of BCFA-degrading genus degraded BCFAs with tertiary carbons through β-oxidation, followed by methanogenesis by methane-producing anaerobic bacteria. The consortium could not degrade BCFAs with quaternary carbon. Degree of branching at the alpha or beta position along the carbon chain interfered with the beta-oxidation mechanisms of the branched-chain fatty acid.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-862
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology - Part A Enzyme Engineering and Biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Anaerobic consortium
  • Branched-chain fatty acid
  • River sediment
  • β-Oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology


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