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Biradical Tetraether Lipids from Thermoacidophilic Archaebacteria

  • Annette Gulik
  • Vittorio Luzatti
  • Mario de Rosa
  • Agata Gambacorta
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB)

Abstract

Archaebacteria are a novel class of micro-organisms, commonly encountered in exceptional ecological niches: methanogens in the absence of oxygen and in the presence of hydrogen and carbon dioxide, halophiles at high salt concentration, thermophiles at high temperature ranging from 60° to 105°. A variety of phylogenetic arguments has led some authors to propose archaebacteria as a third primary kingdom of living organisms, the two others being prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and to suggest that archaebacteria may have played a key role in the early history of life (for a review, see Woese, 1981).

Keywords

Hydrocarbon Chain Lipid Molecule Lamellar Phase Stiff Chain Tetraether Lipid 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Annette Gulik
    • 1
  • Vittorio Luzatti
    • 1
  • Mario de Rosa
    • 2
  • Agata Gambacorta
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre de Genetique MoleculaireCNRSGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  2. 2.Istituto di Chimica di Molecole di Interesse BiologicoC.N.R.NapoliItalia

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