Oxidation of dimethyl sulfide by plant pigments

Hiroyuki Fuse, Osamu Takimura, Kazuo Kamimura, Katsuji Murakami, Yukiho Yamaoka

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Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) was oxidized to dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) in the presence of lyophilized algae and terrestrial plants as long as they contained pigments. Ratios of DMSO produced to initial DMS were independent of the initial DMS concentrations. High pH was not advantageous for oxidation of DMS. Pheophytin was a more effective sensitizer than chlorophyll for oxidation. Plant material appeared to contain more effective DMS oxidizing pigments than chlorophyll.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-161
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Marine Biotechnology
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Dec 1


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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Fuse, H., Takimura, O., Kamimura, K., Murakami, K., & Yamaoka, Y. (1997). Oxidation of dimethyl sulfide by plant pigments. Journal of Marine Biotechnology, 5(2-3), 158-161.