Mineralization of the dibenzothiophene biodegradation products 3-hydroxy-2-formyl benzothiophene and dibenzothiophene sulfone

Appl Environ Microbiol. 1988 Dec;54(12):3183-4. doi: 10.1128/aem.54.12.3183-3184.1988.


Dibenzothiophene is degraded to 3-hydroxy-2-formyl benzothiophene by various bacteria, including a strain of Pseudomonas putida that also forms dibenzothiophene sulfone via an alternate pathway. By using these end products as substrates, mixed enrichment cultures that could degrade 3-hydroxy-2-formyl benzothiophene and dibenzothiophene sulfone with the formation of CO2 were established.

MeSH terms

  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Carbon Dioxide / metabolism
  • Minerals / metabolism
  • Pseudomonas / metabolism
  • Thiophenes / metabolism*


  • Minerals
  • Thiophenes
  • dibenzothiophene 5-oxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • 3-hydroxy-2-formylbenzothiophene
  • dibenzothiophene