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Prikl Biokhim Mikrobiol. 2002 May-Jun;38(3):286-91.

[The nature of melanin pigments from some micro- and macromycetes].

[Article in Russian]

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Institute of Microbiology, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus 220141.


New inhibitors of melanin formation by micromycetes Aspergillus carbonarius, Alternaria alternata, and Paecilomyces variotii and basidiomycetes Inonotus obliquus and Phellinus robustus were found. Precursors of melanin pigments were isolated and identified. p-Hydroxybenzoic acid was identified among the products of alkaline degradation of melanin formed by micromycetes, whereas in the case of macromycetes this was protocatechuic acid. Therefore, melanins of the former were found to belong to the dihydronaphthalene group, whereas those of the latter belong to catechols.

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