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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

Print version ISSN 1517-8382On-line version ISSN 1678-4405

Abstract

COSTA, Eula Maria de M. B.; PIMENTA, Fabiana Cristina; LUZ, Wolf Christian  and  OLIVEIRA, Valéria de. Selection of filamentous fungi of the Beauveria genus able to metabolize quercetin like mammalian cells. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2008, vol.39, n.2, pp.405-408. ISSN 1517-8382.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822008000200036.

Microbial biotransformations constitute an important alternative as models for drug metabolism study in mammalians and have been used for the industrial synthesis of chemicals with pharmaceutical purposes. Several microorganisms with unique biotransformation ability have been found by intensive screening and put in commercial applications. Ten isolates of Beauveria sp genus filamentous fungi, isolated from soil in the central Brazil, and Beauveria bassiana ATCC 7159 were evaluated for their capability of quercetin biotransformation. Biotransformation processes were carried out for 24 up to 96 hours and monitored by mass spectrometry analyses of the culture broth. All strains were able to metabolize quercetin, forming mammalian metabolites. The results were different from those presented by other microorganisms previously utilized, attrackting attention because of the great diversity of reactions. Methylated, sulphated, monoglucuronidated, and glucuronidated conjugated metabolites were simultaneously detected.

Keywords : Beauveria bassiana; Biotransformation; Quercetin.

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