Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 137, Issue 3, pp 247–249 | Cite as

Fatty acid, menaquinone and polar lipid composition of Rothia dentocariosa

  • Matthew David Collins
  • Haroun Neamath Shah
Original Papers


The lipid compositions of Rothia dentocariosa was investigated. All of the strains tested possessed closely related lipid profiles consisting of predominantly straight-chain saturated and methyl branched long-chain fatty acids, unsaturated menaquinones with seven isoprene units and a polar lipid composition comprising diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylglycerol and a diglycosyldiacylglycerol. The results of the present study indicate Rothia dentocariosa is a good and distinct taxon. The lipid data however does not support the classification of Rothia dentocariosa in the family Actinomycetaceae.

Key words

Rothia dentocariosa Fatty acids Menaquinones Polar lipids Chemotaxonomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew David Collins
    • 1
  • Haroun Neamath Shah
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyNational Institute for Research in Dairying ShinfieldReadingUK
  2. 2.Department of Oral MicrobiologyLondon Hospital Medical CollegeLondonUK

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