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Headspace Volatile Oxylipins of Eastern Himalayan Moss Cyathophorella adiantum Extracted by Sample Enrichment Probe

Mitra, Souvik, Burger, Ben V., Poddar-Sarkar, Mousumi
Lipids 2013 v.48 no.10 pp. 997-1004
alcohols, aldehydes, alkanes, alkenes, byproducts, cell membranes, esterification, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, headspace analysis, ketones, mosses and liverworts, oxylipins, phospholipids, secondary metabolites, triacylglycerols, tumor necrosis factors
Cyathophorella adiantum (Griff.) M. Fleisch. (Division-Bryophyta, Family-Daltoniaceae), an Eastern Himalayan moss was studied for the first time to identify the volatiles derived from cellular and membrane bound fatty acids. A high capacity sample enrichment probe (SEP) was used for extraction of headspace volatile (HSV) molecules followed by GC–MS analysis. Different short-chain oxylipins like alkenes, alkanes, saturated and unsaturated alcohols, saturated and unsaturated aldehydes, ketones were identified along with free and esterified fatty acids, cyclo compounds and some by-products of secondary metabolites. Fatty acid analysis of neutral lipids (NL) and phospholipids (PL) of this plant exhibits the predominance of C16 and C18 fatty acids. It also reveals some interesting information that might indicate the possible fatty acid precursors for volatile generation and their sources in this plant.