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Can J Microbiol. 2002 Oct;48(10):857-70.

Lignin degrading system of white-rot fungi and its exploitation for dye decolorization.

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  • 1Department of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Material Science, Polytechnic University, 6 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA.


With global attention and research now focused on looking for the abatement of pollution, white-rot fungi is one of the hopes of the future. The lignin-degrading ability of these fungi have been the focus of attention for many years and have been exploited for a wide array of human benefits. This review highlights the various enzymes produced by white-rot fungi for lignin degradation, namely laccases, peroxidases, aryl alcohol oxidase, glyoxal oxidase, and pyranose oxidase. Also discussed are the various radicals and low molecular weight compounds that are being produced by white-rot fungi and its role in lignin degradation. A brief summary on the developments in research of decolorization of dyes using white-rot fungi has been made.

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