This view shows enzymes only for those organisms listed below, in the list of taxa known to possess the pathway. If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
|Superclasses:||Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Aromatic Compounds Degradation → Toluenes Degradation|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Pseudomonas putida F1
Expected Taxonomic Range: Proteobacteria
Toluene is widely used as an industrial additive and solvent. Toluene and related aromatic compounds can be degraded by bacteria, and have been studied in the metabolically versatile genus Pseudomonas and closely related genera. These studies have been directed toward bioremediation of environmental pollutants by metabolic engineering, and the development of syntrophic bacterial consortia (reviewed in [Diaz04]). Aerobic pathways of toluene degradation have been identified in various species that involve different initial monooxygenase, or hydroxylating dioxygenase reactions. Several of these pathways converge in the formation of 2,3-dihydroxytoluene (3-methylcatechol) [Shields91]. This compound is a substrate for ring cleavage enzymes, the products of which are metabolized via a common meta fission pathway, resulting in the formation of compounds of central metabolism (see this pathway and MetaCyc pathways toluene degradation to 2-oxopent-4-enoate (via 4-methylcatechol) and toluene degradation to 2-oxopent-4-enoate I (via o-cresol)).
The chromosome of Pseudomonas putida F1 contains a gene cluster encoding enzymes that allow this organism to grow on toluene and related compounds as sole carbon and energy source [Zylstra89, Menn91, Lau94]. Other strains of P. putida may contain plasmid-encoded genes for toluene degradation (see MetaCyc pathway toluene degradation to benzoate). The inducible toluene dioxygenase enzyme hydroxylates toluene to its dihydrodiol derivative by incorporating both atoms of an oxygen molecule into the aromatic nucleus. The dihydroxylated derivative is dehydrogenated to a catechol. Ring fission of the catechol 2,3-dihydroxytoluene (3-methylcatechol) is catalyzed by catechol 2,3-dioxygenase to produce cis,cis-2-hydroxy-6-oxohepta-2,4-dienoate. This compound is hydrolyzed to 2-oxopent-4-enoate, or its tautomeric dienol form cis-2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate. This tautomerization occurs spontaneously in aqueous solution [Johnson04]. It is not known which tautomeric form is produced by the hydrolase, and which form is used by the hydratase of P. putida F1 in this pathway. However, it has been suggested that the Pseudomonas putida mt-2 hydratase, encoded by the TOL plasmid pWW0, uses the dienol form as a substrate [Harayama89], and there is evidence that the Escherichia coli hydratase also uses the dienol form as substrate, producing a ketonized intermediate in the reaction mechanism [Pollard98a]. The products of the pathway are pyruvate, which enters central metabolism, and acetaldehyde, which may be converted by acylating aldehyde dehydrogenase to acetyl-CoA, a central metabolite [Lau94].
Superpathways: superpathway of aerobic toluene degradation
Variants: toluene degradation I (aerobic) (via o-cresol) , toluene degradation II (aerobic) (via 4-methylcatechol) , toluene degradation III (aerobic) (via p-cresol) , toluene degradation IV (aerobic) (via catechol) , toluene degradation to 2-oxopent-4-enoate (via 4-methylcatechol) , toluene degradation to 2-oxopent-4-enoate I (via o-cresol) , toluene degradation to benzoate , toluene degradation to benzoyl-CoA (anaerobic) , toluene degradation to protocatechuate (via p-cresol) , toluene degradation VI (anaerobic)
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