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Corticosterone-converting microbes?

Russell Farris tryggvi at email.msn.com
Mon May 22 12:45:30 EST 2000

During my travels through PubMed, I encountered a microbe called
Arthrobacter simplex that converts hydrocortisone to prednisilone, and
cortisone to prednisone.
        What animals are hosts for A. simplex? Humans?
        Are there other corticosteroid-converting bacteria?
        If so, are they used commercially to make synthetic steroids?
        Where can I learn more about these bacteria?

Russ Farris

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