Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 176, Issue 6, pp 435–442

Monoalkylether phospholipids in the sulfate-reducing bacteria Desulfosarcina variabilis and Desulforhabdus amnigenus

  • Heike Rütters
  • Henrik Sass
  • Heribert Cypionka
  • Jürgen Rullkötter
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s002030100343

Cite this article as:
Rütters, H., Sass, H., Cypionka, H. et al. Arch Microbiol (2001) 176: 435. doi:10.1007/s002030100343
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Abstract.

In this study, cellular lipid compositions of two mesophilic sulfate-reducing bacteria were analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). In Desulfosarcina variabilis and Desulforhabdus amnigenus, alkylether-containing phospholipids were detected which had previously only been found in significant amounts in deeply branching hyperthermophilic bacteria and archaea. Combining information from HPLC-MS analysis and chemical degradation experiments, ether lipids were identified as 1-alkyl-2-acyl-phosphatidyl ethanolamines, glycerols and cholines. In Desulforhabdus amnigenus, n-penta-, n-hexa- and n-heptadecyl ethers were present (in order of decreasing abundance), whereas Desulfosarcina variabilis solely contained n-hexadecyl ether side chains.

Ether lipids Sulfate-reducing bacteria Phospholipids HPLC-ESI-MS 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heike Rütters
    • 1
  • Henrik Sass
    • 2
  • Heribert Cypionka
    • 2
  • Jürgen Rullkötter
    • 1
  1. 1.Organic Geochemistry Group, Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, P.O. Box 2503, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany
  2. 2.Paleomicrobiology Group, Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, P.O. Box 2503, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany

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