SUMMARY: grows with -alkyl chlorides and bromides containing 16 to 20 carbon atoms as the sole source of carbon and forms waxy esters. The esters produced from -Hexadecyl chloride were identified to be 16-chlorohexadecyl-16-chlorohexadecanoate (74%) and 16-chlorohexa-decylhexadecanoate (23%). More than 80% of the fatty acids of the more polar cellular lipids also contained chlorine at the ω-carbon. These results show that the mechanism of utilization of alkyl halides by this organism is similar to that of alkanes and the initial attack is specifically at the non-halogenated methyl carbon.


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