A dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-degrading yeast strain Cryptococcus humicolus WU-2 was isolated and characterized. When 0.64 mM (50 mg/l) DMSO was added as the sole source of sulfur, DMSO was completely consumed by WU-2 in 48 h and oxidized to dimethyl sulfone with a molar conversion ratio of 83%. WU-2 also oxidized alkyl sulfides such as dimethyl sulfide, ethyl methyl sulfide and diethyl sulfide into the corresponding sulfones, which are odorless compounds.
- Cryptococcus humicolus
- Dimethyl sulfone
- Dimethyl sulfoxide
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology