Insect tissues, not microorganisms, produce linoleic acid in the house cricket and the American cockroach

C. E. Borgeson, T. J. Kurtti, U. G. Munderloh, G. J. Blomquist

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Abstract

Biosynthesis of linoleic acid, 18:2(n-6), was unambiguously demonstrated to occur in the cockroach, Periplaneta americana, and the cricket, Acheta domesticus. Axenic tissue from both of these insect species was demonstrated by radio-gas-liquid chromatography (radio-GLC) and radio-high-performance liquid chromatography (radio-HPLC) to incorporate [1-14C]acetate and [1-14C]oleate into this essential fatty acid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-241
Number of pages4
JournalExperientia
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1991

Keywords

  • Acheta domesticus
  • Linoleic acid biosynthesis
  • Periplaneta americana
  • essential fatty acid

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