Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 8 No. 1

Catabolic Pathway of Decane and Eicosane by P. frederiksbergensis

Ahmed Abdel-Megeed

Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, (Saba Basha), Alexandria University, Egypt. Botany and Microbiology Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P. O. Box 2455 ? Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.

Received on 06 November 2013 and accepted on 30 December 2013



Alkane degradation is a widespread phenomenon in nature. Alkanes are major constituents of crude oil. They are also present at low concentrations in diverse non-contaminated because many living organisms produce them as chemo-attractants or as protecting agents against water loss. Many microorganismscapable of utilizing alkanes as a carbon and energy source have been isolated and characterized. This workdetected the metabolic of decane (C10H22), eicosane (C20H42). The secondary metabolites stimulated the knowledge of how bacteria metabolize alkanes aerobically, with a particular emphasis on the oxidation of long-chain alkanes, including factors that are responsible for chemotaxis to alkanes, transport across cell membrane of alkanes.

Keywords : Alkane degradation, P. frederiksbergensis, Catabolic pathway.