, Volume 150, Issue 2, pp 114–119 | Cite as

Unusual fatty acids in the lipids from organs and cell cultures ofPetroselinum crispum

  • Friedhelm Ellenbracht
  • Wolfgang Barz
  • Helmut K. Mangold


The lipids of seeds, leaves, and roots of parsley,Petroselinum crispum, and of heterotrophic as well as photomixotrophic cell cultures of this plant were characterized with the aim of finding a system for studying the biosynthesis of unusual fatty acids. It was found that (Z)-6-octadecenoic acid, petroselinic acid, which is the typical constituent fatty acid of triacylglycerols in seeds, occurs only in small proportions, if at all, in leaves, roots, and cell cultures of parsley. In all lipid classes studied petroselinic acid is accompanied by its (Z)-9- and (Z)-11-isomers, oleic and vaccenic acid, respectively. The phosphatidylcholines, phosphatidylethanolamines, and triacylglycerols of both heterotrophic and photomixotrophic callus cultures contain no petroselinic acid but rather oleic and vaccenic acids in equal ratios. Thus, cell cultures of parsley appear to be suitable for studying the biosynthesis of vaccenic acid. The constituent octadecadienoic acids in the lipids of various tissues and cell cultures of parsley consist almost exclusively of the (Z),(Z)-9,12-isomer, linoleic acid, which is derived from oleic acid. (Z),(Z)-6,9- and (Z),(Z)-11,14-Octadecadienoic acids, which could be expected as products of desaturation of petroselinic and vaccenic acids, were not found in any of the lipids of organs and cell cultures investigated.

Key words

Fatty acid desaturation Oleic acid Petroselinic acid Petroselinum Vaccenic acid 



thin-layer chromatography


gas-liquid chromatography


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedhelm Ellenbracht
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Barz
    • 2
  • Helmut K. Mangold
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biochemie und Technologie-H.P. Kaufmann-Institut-der Bundesanstalt für FettforschungMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Biochemie der Pflanzen der Universität MünsterMünsterGermany

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