Synthesis of ca-Linolenic Acid by Leishmania enriettii

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Science  06 Dec 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3597, pp. 1301-1303
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3597.1301


The zooflagellate Leishmania enriettii synthesizes α-linolenic acid as determined by experiments with stearic acid uniformly labeled with C14. This is the first demonstration of the synthesis of α-linolenic acid by a nonphotosynthetic organism.