EICOSAPENTAENOICACID (EPA) IN THE MICROALGA Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The biosynthetic pathways in algae that produce PUFAs of no more than 18 carbon atoms are presumed to be similar to those of higher plants (1). However, the biosynthesis of C, PUFAs in various algae appears to be different. The few detailed studies suggest that the biosynthesis of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20: 503) from Cls precursors is entirely cytoplasmatic (2-4). Feeding external fatty acids to P. cruentum indicated the existence of two possible pathways as outlined in sequences I and II, respectively (unpublished data).

publication date

  • November 11, 2013