Reactions of Singlet Oxygen with Pine Pollen

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Science  17 Aug 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4100, pp. 669-670
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4100.669


Exposure of pine pollen to single oxygen, generated in an aqueous environment, resulted in a decrease in the relative quantities of unsaturated fatty acids that could be recovered by solvent extraction of surface and near surface pollen lipids. The involvement of excited oxygen was confirmed by substitution of deuterium oxide for water, which led to a twofold greater decrease in the unsaturated acids. The potential environmental and biomedical implications of these observations are discussed in terms of this model system.