The strictly anaerobic Gram-negative beer spoilage bacteria cerevisiae, Pectinatus cerevisiiphilus and were subjected to cellular fatty acid analysis, employing acid- and base-catalysed cleavage, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. contained 12:0, 16:0, 16:1, 18:1, 17:cyc, 19:cyc, 12:0(3OH), 14:0(3OH) as the main fatty acids, and alk-1-enyl chains instead of acyl chains were detected to a considerable extent (14% of total fatty acids), indicating the presence of plasmalogens. The fatty acid pattern of was almost identical to that of , the only species previously assigned to this genus. and yielded fatty acids that were heavily dominated by odd-numbered chains; 11:0, 15:0, 17:1, 18:cyc and 13:0(3OH) were the main fatty acids detected in both species. Alk-1-enyl chains with similar chain lengths were also found. Both species contained six different 3-hydroxy fatty acids with chain lengths between 11 and 15 carbons, 13:0(3OH) being dominant and the others accounting for generally less than 1% of total fatty acids. Among the minor components, an unsaturated 3-hydroxy fatty acid was detected which was shown to be 13:1(30H). In addition, fatty acid analysis was shown to be applicable to detection of bacterial contamination of beer.


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