Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 172, Issue 3, pp 1307–1319 | Cite as

Carotenoid and Fatty Acid Compositions of an Indigenous Ettlia texensis Isolate (Chlorophyceae) Under Phototrophic and Mixotrophic Conditions

  • Arzu YıldırımEmail author
  • Zeliha Demirel
  • Müge İşleten-Hoşoğlu
  • İsmail Hakkı Akgün
  • Sevde Hatipoğlu-Uslu
  • Meltem Conk-Dalay


Ettlia oleoabundance (formerly known as Neochloris oleoabundance) is an attractive candidate for biodiesel production because of its high lipid accumulation, and it’s taking the majority of the attention among the strains of Ettlia genus; however, potential of the other genus members is unknown. An indigenous strain from Salda Lake (South West Turkey) identified by 18S rDNA sequencing as Ettlia texensis (GenBank accession no: JQ038221), and its fatty acid and carotenoid compositions under phototrophic and mixotrophic conditions was investigated to evaluate the potential of the strain for commercial uses. A threefold increase was observed in total lipid content (total fatty acids; from 13 % to 37 %) in mixotrophic culture respect to the phototrophic growth conditions. The oleic acid (C18:1) and alpha-linolenic acid (18:3) were the major unsaturated fatty acids accounting for 40 % and 13.2 % of total fatty acids in mixotrophic culture, respectively. Carotenoid analyses of the mixotrophic culture revealed the metabolite canthaxanthin, a commercially valuable carotenoid used mainly for food coloring, was the major constituent among other pigments. The possible use of E. texensis in biotechnological applications is discussed.


Carotenoid Cell disruption Ettlia texensis Fatty acid Molecular identification Neochloris 



Turkish General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policy


The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey


Phototrophic culture conditions


Mixotrophic culture conditions


The Microalgae Culture Collection of Ege University


Bold basal medium


Tris–boric acid–EDTA


National Center for Biotechnology Information


Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis


Ultra high-performance liquid chromatography


Butylated hydroxytoluene


Total fatty acids



This work has been supported by the projects from Turkish General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policy (TAGEM) and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). We would like to thank Prof. Dr. Erdal Bedir for the critical reading of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arzu Yıldırım
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zeliha Demirel
    • 1
  • Müge İşleten-Hoşoğlu
    • 1
  • İsmail Hakkı Akgün
    • 1
  • Sevde Hatipoğlu-Uslu
    • 1
  • Meltem Conk-Dalay
    • 1
  1. 1.Engineering Faculty, Department of BioengineeringEge UniversityİzmirTurkey

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