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Investigation of the Synthesis and Distribution of Fatty Acids in the Lipids of the Snail Cepaea Nemoralis (L.)

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

The incorporation of sodium-1-14C-acetate into some classes of lipids (and some other products of metabolism) of the snail Cepaea nemoralis (Stylommatophora, Pulmonata, Gastropoda) is investigated. It is demonstrated that only 2.78% of the total dose of radioactivity administered is incorporated into the lipids while 43% is exhaled in the form of 14CO2 during an incubation period of 48 hours. C. nemoralis is capable of synthesizing fatty acids and non-saponifiable lipids from the injected acetate. In this paper the composition of the fatty acids of C. nemoralis is reported, by means of a combination of column, thin-layer and gas-liquid chromatography as a preliminary study of the distribution and metabolism of fatty acids in the various lipid classes. The detailed composition of the fatty acids is given, involving about seventy fatty acids, which are listed starting from C-14.

Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Chemical Animal Physiology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands


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