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Abstract

Forty-five strains classified in the family Neisseriaceae were analysed for wax esters by gas-liquid chromatography. The amounts and types of waxes varied between the taxa. Waxes were not detected in 16 strains of ‘true neisseriae’ (genus ) or in two strains of , but they were found in all ‘false neisseriae’, in all species of except , in five out of 10 strains of , and in all strains of a group of psychrophilic, oxidase-positive organisms. The chain lengths of the wax esters ranged from C to C, with C predominating. In all taxa, esters with even numbers of carbon atoms constituted 70 to 100 % of the total. Saturated, mono-unsaturated and di-unsaturated waxes were found. Acinetobacter strains were characterized by large amounts (30 to 98 %) of di-unsaturated wax esters; such waxes did not exceed 8 % in the ‘false neisseriae’ or spp. Waxes of strains belonging to the psychrophilic, oxidase-positive group generally resembled those found in Wax esters with odd numbers of carbon atoms were abundant in (29 %), (15 %) and in the psychrophilic group (19 to 28 %); long-chain esters (C or above) were characteristic of (30 %) and one strain of (26 %).

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