[Sequential degradation of p-cresol by photochemical and biological methods].

Prikladnaia biokhimiia i mikrobiologiia

PubMedID: 18822774

Karetnikova EA, Chaikovskaia ON, Sokolova IV, Nikitina LI. [Sequential degradation of p-cresol by photochemical and biological methods]. Prikl Biokhim Mikrobiol. 2008;44(5):545-53.
Sequential photo- and biodegradation of p-cresol was studied using a mercury lamp, as well as KrCl and XeCl excilamps. Preirradiation of p-cresol at a concentration of 10(-4) M did not affect the rate of its subsequent biodegradation. An increase in the concentration of p-cresol to 10(-3) M and in the duration preliminary UV irradiation inhibited subsequent biodegradation. Biodegradation of p-cresol was accompanied by the formation of a product with a fluorescence maximum at 365 nm (lambdaex 280 nm), and photodegradation yielded a compound fluorescing at 400 nm (lambdaex 330 nm). Sequential UV and biodegradation led to the appearance of bands in the fluorescence spectra that were ascribed to p-cresol and its photolysis products. It was shown that sequential use of biological and photochemical degradation results in degradation of not only the initial toxicant but also the metabolites formed during its biodegradation.