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HPLC Analysis of Carotenoids in Neurosporaxanthin-Producing Fungi

AuthorsHornero-Méndez, Dámaso ; Limón, M. Carmen; Ávalos, Javier
Acidic apocarotenoid
Neutral carotenoids
Fusarium fujikuroi
Neurospora crassa
Issue Date15-Aug-2018
CitationMicrobial Carotenoids: 269-281 (2018)
Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 1852
AbstractThe ascomycetous fungi Fusarium fujikuroi and Neurospora crassa are widely used as research models in the study of secondary metabolism and photobiology, respectively. Both fungi exhibit a similar carotenoid pathway, for which all the genes and enzymes have been identified. Under standard laboratory conditions, either F. fujikuroi or N. crassa accumulate a mixture of neurosporaxanthin, a carboxylic apocarotenoid acid, and several of its carotene precursors. We formerly described methods for the identification and quantification of neurosporaxanthin. However, the differences in polarity between this acidic xanthophyll and neutral carotenes make their global analysis cumbersome. Here we propose a simple HPLC methodology for the efficient separation of neurosporaxanthin and earlier pathway intermediates in a single HPLC run. This method should be useful to check the abundance of neurosporaxanthin under different experimental conditions and to evaluate the relative proportions of their different carotene precursors. To assess the validity of the method, we have compared the carotenoid profiles in samples of mycelia of F. fujikuroi and conidia of N. crassa, in both cases obtained from surface cultures of a wild strain of each species.
Description13 Páginas; 4 Figuras
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-8742-9_16
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