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Appl Microbiol. 1974 Oct;28(4):696-9.

Carotenoid pigments of Mycobacterium kansasii.

Abstract

Partitioned between aqueous methanol and petroleum ether, the unsaponifiable pigments of Mycobacterium kansasii were all epiphasic. Thin-layer chromatography of these carotenoids showed that M. kansasii formed at least nine pigments. These pigments were identified by their chromatographic properties and spectral characteristics as phytoene, zeta-carotene, neurosporene, lycopene, leprotene, gamma-carotene, delta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene. Three additional pigmented spots on thin-layer chromatography found in trace amounts were possibly degradation products of the major carotenoids.

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4424510
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PMC186800
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