A mixture of long chain fatty alcohols (LCFA) with chain lengths of 24 to 30 carbon atoms, as free and esterified components, have been isolated from the aphid, Schizaphis graminum. Both radiolabelled mevalonic acid and palmitic acid served as effective precursors in the synthesis of LCFA. This is the first time that the trans-methylglutaconate shunt has been shown to be operational for fatty alcohol synthesis and to occur in a lower-evolved animal.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Oct 15 1982|