While a postulated intermediate, 1,3,4,5-tetrachlorocyclohexa-1,4-diene(1,4-TCDN), is one of the key-compounds in γ-hexachlorocyclohexane(γ-HCH) degradation by Pseudomonas paucimobilis UT26(UT26), it has neither been isolated nor identified yet. Thus, an indirect identification was attempted to demonstrate its existence by a chemical oxidation of the microbial degradation products in situ. 1,2,4,5-Tetrachlorobenzene(1,2,4,5-TeCB) was newly produced by the chemical oxidation with hydrogen peroxide under iron(II) of W medium containing degradation products in situ of γ-1,3,4,5,6-pentachlorocyclohexene(γ-PCCH) by Escherichia coli MV1184(E. coli) which possesses the dehydrochlorinating activity of UT26. The chemical oxidation required the preceding enzymatic reactions to γ-PCCH by E. coli for the production of 1,2,4,5-TeCB. In facts, 1,2,4,5-TeCB was not produced from γ-PCCH by either of the chemical or enzymatic reaction alone. Considering these results and the fact that hydrogen peroxide is known to dehydrogenate chemical compounds, it was concluded that 1,2,4,5-TeCB was produced directly from the unstable intermediate, 1,4-TCDN, on yielded from γ-PCCH by an enzymatic dehydrochlorination. © 1993.
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