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Identification ofArcobacter species using phospholipid and total fatty acid profiles


High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) were used to analyze the phospholipids and fatty acids of fourArcobacter species (becoming routinely isolated from a wide variety of food sources, especially of animal origin) to provide information for the identification within these species. Phospholipid differences were observed in the HPLC profiles. GC-MS analysis provided a complete fatty acid composition for each arcobacter that after pattern recognition analysis allows taxonomic classification of each species.

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This work was partially supported by the office of Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at theUniversity of Arizona, Tucson (Arizona) and byMinistry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, project no. 253 100 002.

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Jelínek, D., Miketová, P., Khailová, L. et al. Identification ofArcobacter species using phospholipid and total fatty acid profiles. Folia Microbiol 51, 329–336 (2006).

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  • Pattern Recognition Analysis
  • NIST Mass Spectral Library
  • Arcobacter Species
  • Total Fatty Acid Profile