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Modes of Fatty Acid Desaturation in Cyanobacteria: An Update

Institute of Plant Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Botanicheskaya Street, Moscow 127276, Russia
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Academic Editors: John C. Meeks and Robert Haselkorn
Life 2015, 5(1), 554-567;
Received: 30 September 2014 / Revised: 6 February 2015 / Accepted: 10 February 2015 / Published: 16 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyanobacteria: Ecology, Physiology and Genetics)
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Fatty acid composition of individual species of cyanobacteria is conserved and it may be used as a phylogenetic marker. The previously proposed classification system was based solely on biochemical data. Today, new genomic data are available, which support a need to update a previously postulated FA-based classification of cyanobacteria. These changes are necessary in order to adjust and synchronize biochemical, physiological and genomic data, which may help to establish an adequate comprehensive taxonomic system for cyanobacteria in the future. Here, we propose an update to the classification system of cyanobacteria based on their fatty acid composition. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyanobacteria; fatty acids; fatty acid desaturases; desaturation; lipids; taxonomy cyanobacteria; fatty acids; fatty acid desaturases; desaturation; lipids; taxonomy

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Los, D.A.; Mironov, K.S. Modes of Fatty Acid Desaturation in Cyanobacteria: An Update. Life 2015, 5, 554-567.

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