Occurrence of Free D-Alanine in Marine Macroalgae

Eizoh Nagahisa, Nobuhiro Kanno, Yoshikazu Sato, Minoru Sato

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Occurrence of free D-alanine was verified in various marine macroalgae by reversed-phase HPLC analysis. The presence of free D-alanine was detected in 15 species (63%) out of the 24 species of algae examined. The free D-alanine content was high in Hizikia fusiformis, Heterochordaria abietina, and Sargassum nigrifolium of Phaeophyta (96, 83, and 78 nmol/g wet weight, respectively). The D-alanine contents in various parts of H. fusiformis were measured and found to be highest in the blade followed by the main branch, and was lowest in the adhesive root.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2176-2177
Number of pages2
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry


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