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Fatty Acid Composition of Lipids extracted from Three Spherical Bacteria

Nature volume 204, pages 802803 (21 November 1964) | Download Citation

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ABEL1 suggested that taxonomic importance be attached to fatty acid components of bacterial lipid and proposed a simple and rapid scheme for the isolation and characterization of the lipid. Previous workers have shown slight similarities or differences in fatty acid contents of Lactobacilli2, group ‘NStreptococci3, mesophilic and psychrophilic yeasts4 and Sarcina species5. In several micro-organisms Bloch6 showed that vaccinic acid is the principal acid in anaerobes whereas oleic acid predominates in aerobes. We have compared the fatty acid spectra of three spherical bacteria which are strikingly different in cellular arrangement, Gram staining, and habitat.

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  1. Department of Animal Industries,

    • JOSEPH P. BROWN
  2. Department of Bacteriology, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

    • BENJAMIN J. COSENZA

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