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Occurrence of Plasmalogens in Vegetable Phosphatides

Naturevolume 169page969 (1952) | Download Citation



THE plasmalogens1,2 are a group of phospholipids containing a higher fatty aldehyde in the molecule. Until recently, the only recognized structure for these compounds was that of acetals of α-glyceryl-phosphoryl-ethanolamine3. Klenk and Böhm4 have now extended the group to compounds containing serine instead of ethanolamine, and I5 have also obtained evidence of the existence of plasmalogens with a base other than ethanolamine. There seems every reason to expect that the plasmalogens will be found to show structural similarities to a number of the classical phospholipids.

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  1. Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Food Investigation Organization, Torry Research Station, Aberdeen

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