Inositol Isomers: Occurrence in Marine Sediments

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Science  03 Sep 1976:
Vol. 193, Issue 4256, pp. 885-886
DOI: 10.1126/science.193.4256.885


A combined gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric technique was used to identify and quantitate the occurrence of myo-, chiro-, and scyllo-inositol in marine sediments. The most abundant isomer was myo-inositol. These inositols were found in all the organic-rich sediment samples examined, and the amount of inositol decreased steadily with the age of the sample. A small fraction of the inositols occurred as hexaphosphate esters.