Lipids of Drosophila: A Newly Detected Lipid in the Male

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Science  21 Mar 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3873, pp. 1356-1357
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3873.1356


A thin-layer chromatographic analysis of Drosophila melanogaster revealed a lipid to be found almost exclusively in the adult male. The compound or class of compounds having an RF close to that of methyl oleate is present in substantial amounts and is located predominantly in the ejaculatory bulb. It appears from genetic studies that the formulation of the lipid is not mediated by the Y chromosome.

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