1. Protocatechuate 3,4-oxygenase in the soluble part of a cell-free extract of Pseudomonas fluorescens (strain T) sedimented more rapidly than vanillate O-demethylase under specified conditions in a preparative ultracentrifuge. 2. The supernatant from this process contained vanillate O-demethylase and formaldehyde dehydrogenase, and when supplemented with NADH oxidized vanillate with an uptake of 1 mole of oxygen/mole of substrate and accumulation of protocatechuate. 3. This uptake was decreased to 0·5mole/mole of substrate in the presence of semicarbazide as trapping agent for formaldehyde. 4. Reasons are presented for the process of methyl group removal from vanillate being oxidative demethylation.
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