The yeast Pityrosporum ovale, a skin saprophyte, will only grow if fatty acids of chain length greater than C10 are added to the culture medium. 9-Hydroxypalmitic acid is the major product of metabolism of even-carbon-number fatty acids; 9-hydroxystearic acid is also found. The optimum pH for this conversion is pH4·5. The hydroxy fatty acids produced are found bound in a polar form in the aqueous phase of the culture medium. Growth of the organisms is facilitated by presentation of the substrate as a two-phase liquid system.
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Research Article| June 01 1968
A study of the fatty acid metabolism of the yeast Pityrosporum ovale
Peter F. Wilde;
Biochem J (1968) 108 (2): 225–231.
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Peter F. Wilde, Patrick S. Stewart; A study of the fatty acid metabolism of the yeast Pityrosporum ovale. Biochem J 1 June 1968; 108 (2): 225–231. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/bj1080225
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