Title: Novel Cobamide Structure May Hold Clues for More Effective Biological Degradation of Chlorinated Compounds 
Resource Type: document --> public information 
Country: USA 
Language(s): English
 
Year: 2018 
Author 1/Producer: University of Tennessee  
Author / Producer Type: University research group / research institute 
Report/Document number/description: Superfund Research Program Research Brief 276 
Publisher Country: USA 
Publisher web link (root): https://tools.niehs.nih.gov
Report / download web link (=direct link): https://tools.niehs.nih.gov/srp/researchbriefs/view.cfm?Brie ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Chlorinated aliphatics
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->In situ treatment technologies
Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Microbiology
 
Short description: Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered a crucial compound that helps specific bacteria degrade pollutants like tetrachloroethene (PCE). This compound, called purinyl-cobamide, assists enzymes during degradation reactions. These helper molecules are part of a larger group of chemical structures known as cobamides 
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