Catabolism of aromatic acids in Trichosporon cutaneum

J Bacteriol. 1980 Feb;141(2):534-43. doi: 10.1128/JB.141.2.534-543.1980.


Trichosporon cutaneum readily metabolized protocatechuate, homoprotocatechuate, and gentisate, but lacked ring fission dioxygenases for these compounds. Benzoic, salicylic, 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic, and gentisic acids were converted into beta-ketoadipic acid before entry into the Krebs cycle. Benzoic acid gave rise successively to 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, protocatechuic acid, and hydroxyquinol (1,3,4-trihydroxybenzene), which underwent ring fission to maleylacetic acid. Salicylate and 2,3-dihydroxybenzoate were both initially metabolized to give catechol. 2,3-Dihydroxybenzoate was the substrate for a specific nonoxidative decarboxylase induced by salicylate, although 2,3-dihydroxybenzoate was not a catabolite of salicylate. Gentisate was metabolized to maleylacetic acid and was also readily attacked by salicylate hydroxylase at each stage of a partial purification procedure. Phenylacetic acid was degraded through 3-hydroxyphenylacetic, homogentisic, and maleylacetoacetic acids to acetoacetic and fumaric acids. All the reactions of these catabolic sequences were catalyzed by cell extracts, supplemented with reduced pyridine nucleotide coenzymes where necessary, except for the hydroxylations of benzoic and phenylacetic acids which were demonstrated with cell suspensions and isotopically labeled substrates.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Benzoates / metabolism
  • Carboxy-Lyases / metabolism
  • Carboxylic Acids / metabolism*
  • Chemical Phenomena
  • Chemistry
  • Gentisates / metabolism
  • Hydroxybenzoates / metabolism
  • Hydroxybutyrate Dehydrogenase / metabolism
  • Mitosporic Fungi / metabolism*
  • Mixed Function Oxygenases / metabolism
  • Phenylacetates / metabolism
  • Salicylates / metabolism


  • Benzoates
  • Carboxylic Acids
  • Gentisates
  • Hydroxybenzoates
  • Phenylacetates
  • Salicylates
  • Mixed Function Oxygenases
  • Hydroxybutyrate Dehydrogenase
  • Carboxy-Lyases