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Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 299–305 | Cite as

Extraction and quantitative analysis of the blue-green pigment “marennine” synthesized by the diatom Haslea ostrearia

  • Jean-Michel Robert
  • Michèle Morançais
  • Elisabeth Pradier
  • Jean-Luc Mouget
  • Gérard Tremblin
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Abstract

This study reports further information on “mareninne,” awater-soluble blue-green pigment synthesized by the diatom Hasleaostrearia, which is essential to the greening of maturing oysters inFrench production areas. The extraction process is reported, as well aspreliminary characterization of a partially purified marennine extract,including quantitative spectrophotometric analysis of intracellular pigment. Amean specific extinction coefficient, E 1%1cm = 17.2 at 669 nm, is proposed. Results forquantitative determination of marennine accumulated in cells during batchcultures are presented, and their importance for pigment production isconsidered in relation to potential industrial applications.

Diatom Haslea ostrearia Marennine Microalga Oyster Pigment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Michel Robert
    • 1
  • Michèle Morançais
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Pradier
    • 2
  • Jean-Luc Mouget
    • 2
  • Gérard Tremblin
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biologie Marine (EA 2663-ISOMer)Université de NantesNantes Cedex 3France
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physiologie et Biochimie Végétales (EA 2663-ISOMer), Faculté des SciencesUniversité du MaineLe Mans Cedex 9France

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