Analytica chimica acta

Occurrence of oleic and 18:1 methyl-branched acyl chains in lipids of Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1.

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The fatty acids (FAs) composition of lipids extracted from Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1 was investigated by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis of the corresponding FA methyl esters (FAMEs), obtained through trans-esterification of the original lipid species. A GC stationary phase based on a highly polar ionic liquid (IL) was selected, aimed to enhance the separation of isomeric FAMEs with particular emphasis on positional and geometrical isomers of monounsaturated 16:1 and 18:1 fatty acyl chains. The occurrence of 18:1 cis-Δ(9) (oleic) acid, a positional isomer of the well-known and most predominant 18:1 cis-Δ(11) (cis-vaccenic) acid, has been demonstrated here for the first time. Furthermore a methyl branched 18:1 FA was also identified and its structure tentatively assigned as 11-methyl-Δ(12)-octadecenoic acid (most likely as trans isomer). The unprecedented observation about 18:1 cis-Δ(9) FA occurrence in R. sphaeroides 2.4.1 is, even indirectly, supported by a biosynthetic pathway postulated with the aid of the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) database. The concurrent presence of 16:1 cis-Δ(7) and 18:1 cis-Δ(9) FAs suggested the existence of parallel and/or complementary processes to those invoked for the formation of most common 16:1 cis-Δ(9) and 18:1 cis-Δ(11) FAs. A further route was hypothesized for the trans FAs biosynthesis in wild-type cells of R. sphaeroides.

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Pentane, anhydrous, ≥99%