Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 15, Issue 2–3, pp 263–267 | Cite as

Fatty acids with antibacterial activity from the cyanobacterium Oscillatoria redekei HUB 051

  • Sabine Mundt
  • Susann Kreitlow
  • Rolf Jansen


Bioassay-guided fractionation of the n-hexane extract prepared from the biomass of the cyanobacterium Oscillatoria redekei syn. Limnothrix redekei HUB 051 by silica gel and RP-18 column chromatography followed by HPLC resulted in the isolation of a mixture of two unsaturated hydroxy fatty acids. Their further separation using normal phase HPLC resulted in the identification of α-dimorphecolic acid, a 9-hydroxy-10E, 12Z-octadecadienoic acid (9-HODE) and of coriolic acid, a 13-hydroxy-9Z, 11E-octadecadienoic acid (13-HODE). In agar plate diffusion test these fatty acids inhibited the growth of the Gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis SBUG 14, Micrococcus flavus SBUG 16 and Staphylococcus aureus SBUG 11 and ATCC 25923, but no activity was observed against multiresistant Staphylococcus aureus strains. This is the first report about antibacterial activity of these hydroxylated unsaturated fatty acids and about the occurrence of coriolic acid in cyanobacteria.

α-dimorphecolic acid Agar plate diffusion test Antibacterial activity Coriolic acid Cyanobacteria Hydroxy fatty acids Limnothrix redekei Minimal inhibition concentration Oscillatoria redekei 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabine Mundt
    • 1
  • Susann Kreitlow
    • 1
  • Rolf Jansen
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical BiologyErnst-Moritz-Arndt-UniversityGreifswaldGermany
  2. 2.Department of Natural Product ChemistryGerman Research Centre for BiotechnologyBraunschweigGermany

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