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Incorporation of Molecular Oxygen during Microbial Utilization of Olefins

Naturevolume 192pages892893 (1961) | Download Citation



THE utilization of various alkanes by certain bacteria involves the incorporation of molecular oxygen into the conversion products1 and into the bacterial cells2. The attack of the olefin 1-hexadecene at the saturated end of the molecule3 probably is not different from that of the alkanes. Instances where the oxidative attack occurs at the double bond in olefins3,4 have now been examined with the use of oxygen-18. Also, the cells of an ethylene-utilizing bacterium were analysed similarly.

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  1. Department of Microbiology, University of Texas, Austin, 12, Texas

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