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Investigations of the Capacity of Synthesizing 3β-Sterols in Mollusca Vii. the Biosynthesis and Composition of 3β-Sterols in the Neogastropods Buccinum Undatum and Neptunea Antiqua

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

Buccinum undatum and Neptunea antiqua are able to synthesize saponifiable and unsaponifiable lipids from both sodium acetate-1-14C and DL-mevalonate-2-14C (DBED salt). Buccinum undatum did synthesize squalene from acetate as well as from DL-mevalonic acid-2-14C. Buccinum is able to synthesize 3β-sterols from mevalonate. Both species showed a low incorporation of radioactivity into lipids. This phenomenon seems to be a common property of carnivorous molluscs. The sterol composition of the animals was determined by means of gas-liquid chromatography. In both animals cholesterol was the principal sterol. The sterol composition of these Buccinidae showed strong resemblance to that of the Muricidae.

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


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