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J Bacteriol. Jun 1991; 173(12): 3907–3910.
PMCID: PMC208025
Proportions of diether, macrocyclic diether, and tetraether lipids in Methanococcus jannaschii grown at different temperatures.
G D Sprott, M Meloche, and J C Richards
Institute for Biological Sciences, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
Growth of Methanococcus jannaschii over a wide temperature range (47 to 75 degrees C) is correlated with an ability to alter dramatically the proportions of three ether lipid cores. These lipids shifted from predominantly diether (2,3-di-O-phytanyl-sn-glycerol) at the lower growth temperatures to macrocyclic diether and tetraether at near optimal growth temperatures. Lipid head groups varied as well, especially with respect to an increase in phosphate at the higher temperatures.
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