Lipids of Ankistrodesmus braunii

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Science  17 Feb 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3451, pp. 459-460
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3451.459


Ankistrodesmus braunii wasgrown to stationary phase on a chemically defined medium and its cellular lipids were analyzed. The lipid content was found to vary from 18 to 73 percent of dry weight for cultures of different age and method of analysis. The pigments of the nonsaponifiable fraction were separated by adsorption chromatography and counter-current extraction and tentatively identified. The fatty acid fraction was converted to the corresponding methyl esters and analyzed by gas chromatography. The principal fatty acids present were: palmitic, oleic, and linolenic acids.Traces were detected of caprylic, capric, lauric, and palmitoleic acids.