Squalene Found in Alpine Grassland Soils under a Harsh Environment in the Tibetan Plateau, China
AbstractSqualene is found in a large number of plants, animals, and microorganisms, as well as other sources, playing an important role as an intermediate in sterol biosynthesis. It is used widely in the food, cosmetics, and medicine industries because of its antioxidant, antistatic, and anti-carcinogenic properties. A higher natural squalene component of lipids is usually reported as being isolated to organisms living in harsh environments. In the Tibetan Plateau, which is characterized by high altitude, strong solar radiation, drought, low temperatures, and thin air, the squalene component was identified in five alpine grasslands soils using the pyrolysis gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) technique. The relative abundance of squalene ranged from 0.93% to 10.66% in soils from the five alpine grasslands, with the highest value found in alpine desert and the lowest in alpine meadow. Furthermore, the relative abundance of squalene in alpine grassland soils was significantly negatively associated with soil chemical/microbial characteristics. These results indicate that the extreme environmental conditions of the Tibetan Plateau may stimulate the microbial biosynthesis of squalene, and the harsher the environment, the higher the relative abundance of soil squalene. View Full-Text
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Lu, X.; Ma, S.; Chen, Y.; Yangzom, D.; Jiang, H. Squalene Found in Alpine Grassland Soils under a Harsh Environment in the Tibetan Plateau, China. Biomolecules 2018, 8, 154.
Lu X, Ma S, Chen Y, Yangzom D, Jiang H. Squalene Found in Alpine Grassland Soils under a Harsh Environment in the Tibetan Plateau, China. Biomolecules. 2018; 8(4):154.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lu, Xuyang; Ma, Shuqin; Chen, Youchao; Yangzom, Degyi; Jiang, Hongmao. 2018. "Squalene Found in Alpine Grassland Soils under a Harsh Environment in the Tibetan Plateau, China." Biomolecules 8, no. 4: 154.
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