Imidonitrogen in Chlorella "Polyphosphate"

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Science  18 Feb 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3712, pp. 819-821
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3712.819


"Polyphosphate" and fragments isolated from acid hydrolysis of polyphosphate have an infrared absorption band at 1400 cm-1, which is characteristic of imidodiphosphate linkages. Complete hydrolysis of purified "polyphosphate" releases 1 to 2 moles of phosphate per mole of ammonia. The polymer must contain subunits which are cyclic and which contain both imidodiphosphate linkages and phosphate anhydride linkages.