Sorbed Anthracene Degradation by Sophorolipid Producing Yeasts


  • M. Cristina Romero Cát. Micología Médica e Industrial, Depto. Microbiología, Fac. Cs. Veterinarias, UNLP
  • Juan C. Chiaravalli Cát. Zootecnia General, Depto. Producción, Fac. Cs. Veterinarias, UNLP
  • Enso H. Reinoso Cát. Micología Médica e Industrial, Depto. Microbiología, Fac. Cs. Veterinarias, UNLP



Anthracene, bioavailability, biodegradation, Candida parasilopsis, desorption model Pichia anomala, Rhodothorula mucilaginosa, sophorolipid


The organic pollutan adsorption/desorption process by microbial degradation had been less studied than metal ones. The sorption assays alone did not predict desorption, due to hysteresis, irreversibility, fixed compounds in different sites, with diverse desorption rates. Most of the studies dealt with bacteria rather than filamentous fungi and yeasts. So, our aims were to isolate yeasts from polluted sediments, to quantify its potential to uptake anthracene (An) and to evaluate the bioavailability by a desorption model. Yeasts were isolated from hydrocarbon-polluted samples, 40-isolates grew in anthracene-plates. Molecular characterization was achieved by sequence analysis of the ITS1-5.8S rRNA-ITS4 and 26S rRNA regions; morphological and physiological determination were also done. Candida parasilopsis, Pichia anomala and Rhodothorula mucilaginosa were the prevalent yeasts. An-degradation was assessed in soil-systems with 0, 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250 µg An/l, 3 differentes sorbens types, organic carbon, organic nitrogen, PAHs, sand:silt:clay, pH and cation exchange capacity. Sophorolipids excretion were confirmed by HPLC, UV-detector with active fraction at 9.669 min (RT 9.646 min = sophorolipid-standard). A desorption model with equilibrium, nonequilibrium and nondesorption areas, was applied to explain the experimental data, An-transformation was greater in the organic liquid-phase than in the soil-sorbed ones; the desorption-coefficients and soil components were negatively correlated with the kinetic parameters. The An-release depended on the sophorolipid excretion, soil matrix and particles sizes. Desorption parameters significantly fitted the yeast uptake, with R2 = 0.97, R2 = 0.90 and R2 = 0.97 for C. parasilopsis, P. anomala and R. mucilaginosa, respectively.


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