Pavlova lutheri is a high-level producer of phytosterols

Ahmed, Faruq, Zhou, Wenxu and Schenk, Peer M. (2015) Pavlova lutheri is a high-level producer of phytosterols. Algal Research, 10 210-217. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2015.05.013

Author Ahmed, Faruq
Zhou, Wenxu
Schenk, Peer M.
Title Pavlova lutheri is a high-level producer of phytosterols
Journal name Algal Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2211-9264
Publication date 2015-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.algal.2015.05.013
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 10
Start page 210
End page 217
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Plant sterols are well-known for their ability to reduce low density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health, as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenicity, anti-cancer and anti-oxidative activities and protection against nervous system disorders. As considerable amounts of phytosterols are present in microalgae, we screened out of hundreds of Australian isolates, ten microalgal species for sterol profiles and total sterol content. The top three sterol producers at 0.4–2.6% dry weight were Pavlova lutheri, Tetraselmis sp. M8 and Nannochloropsis sp. BR2. To further increase sterol accumulation, the highest sterol producer, P. lutheri was subjected to nutrient and salinity changes. Although no significant immediate effects were observed for altered total sterol contents, individual sterols varied and, significantly higher total sterol amounts (up to a 2-fold increase) were found after prolonged cultivation. Total sterol accumulation of 5.1% dry weight was achieved in P. lutheri. Combined with the high areal productivity, commercial phytosterol production from microalgae could be considered.
Keyword Microalgae
Pavlova lutheri
Plant sterols
Sterol profiles
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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