Isolation of Dimethyl Sulfone-Degrading Microorganisms and Application to Odorless Degradation of Dimethyl Sulfoxide

Kuniki Kino, Takako Murakami-Nitta, Masashi Oishi, Seiji Ishiguro, Kohtaro Kirimura

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With the objective of developing an odorless biodegradation process for dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), Hyphomicrobium sp. WU-OM3 was isolated. During the cultivation of strain WU-OM3 cells with 20 mM dimethyl sulfone (DMSO 2) as the sole carbon source, DMSO2 was completely consumed within 48 h and sulfate ion accumulated in the culture broth. Methanesulfonate was also detected as an intermediate of DMSO2 degradation. By combining the DMSO-oxidizing microorganism and strain WU-OM3 cells, 0.64 mM (50 mg/l) DMSO was degraded to sulfate ion with 80% molar conversion ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-84
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1



  • Dimethyl sulfone
  • Dimethyl sulfoxide
  • Hyphomicrobium
  • Methanesulfonate
  • Wastewater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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