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J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2007 Jun 1;852(1-2):362-6. Epub 2007 Feb 3.

Screening of rifamycin producing marine sponge bacteria by LC-MS-MS.

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  • 1School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia.


HPLC-MS-MS has been used for the identification and characterisation of rifamycin B and rifamycin SV in various strains of the marine sponge-derived bacterium Salinispora. Gradient elution using acetonitrile/water/ammonium acetate was used to separate the rifamycins from the matrix and negative ion-electrospray mass spectrometry was used for detection and confirmation. The presence of rifamycin in bacterial extracts was confirmed by matching retention times, parent ion spectra and the fragmentated parent ion spectra of the standard compounds and the bacterial extracts. All strains of the marine sponge bacterium Salinispora tested were found to contain rifamycin thus an alternate actinobacterial source of rifamycin was established.

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