Skip to content


Official Journal of the Japan Wood Research Society

Journal of Wood Science Cover Image
  • Note
  • Open Access

Degradation of a nonphenolic β-O-4 lignin model dimer by horseradish peroxidase with 1-hydroxybenzotriazole

  • 1Email author,
  • 2,
  • 2 and
  • 2
Journal of Wood ScienceOfficial Journal of the Japan Wood Research Society200652:759

  • Received: 17 June 2005
  • Accepted: 19 August 2005
  • Published:


Nonphenolic β-O-4 lignin substructure model dimer, 1,3-dihydroxy-2-(2,6-dimethoxyphenoxy)-1-(4-ethoxy-3-methoxyphenyl)propane (I) was degraded by horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide and 1-hydroxybenztriazole (HBT). 4-Ethoxy-3-methoxybenzoic acid (II), 1-(4-ethoxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-3-hydroxypropanone (III), 2,3-dihydroxy-1-(4-ethoxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1-formyloxypropane (IV), 2,3-dihydroxy-1-(4-ethoxy-3-methoxyphenyl)propanone (V), 1-(4-ethoxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,2,3-trihydroxypropane (VI), 1-(4-ethoxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,2,3-trihydroxypropane-2,3-cyclic carbonate (VII), and 1-(4-ethoxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,2,3-trihydroxypropane-1,2-cyclic carbonate (VIII) were identified as degradation products by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. These degradation products were qualitatively the same as those of substrate I in the laccase/HBT system, but the yield of the products was apparently different. The products catalyzed by the HRP/H2O2/HBT system contained large amounts of the aromatic ring cleavage products IV, VII, and VIII compared with those catalyzed by the laccase/HBT system, while the amount of Cα-Cβ cleavage product II is relatively low. These results suggest that the role of HBT is not in a simple one-electron transfer between the enzymes and substrates.

Key words

  • Horseradish peroxidase
  • Laccase
  • Lignin model dimer
  • One-electron oxidation
  • Radical mediator