Petroleum Chemistry

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 186–189 | Cite as

Formation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons from Prokaryote Biomass: 1. Formation of Petroleum Biomarker Hydrocarbons from Thermoplasma sp. Archaea Biomass

  • G. N. Gordadze
  • A. R. Poshibaeva
  • M. V. Giruts
  • A. A. Perevalova
  • V. N. Koshelev


Saturated hydrocarbon biomarkers (n-alkanes, isoprenanes, pregnanes, steranes, cheilanthanes, hopanes) in the soluble part and thermolysis products of the insoluble part of the biomass of Thermoplasma sp. archaea isolated from the Neftyanaya Ploshchadka hot spring of the Uzon volcano caldera (Kamchatka, Russia) have been identified by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. The distribution of these hydrocarbons resembles that of slightly transformed marine oils generated in argillaceous-carbonate strata, a fact that is confirmed by Rock-Eval pyrolysis data for the biomass of the archaea studied.


petroleum origin hydrocarbon biomarkers biomass of prokaryotes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. N. Gordadze
    • 1
  • A. R. Poshibaeva
    • 1
  • M. V. Giruts
    • 1
  • A. A. Perevalova
    • 2
  • V. N. Koshelev
    • 1
  1. 1.Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University)MoscowRussia
  2. 2.Research Center of BiotechnologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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