Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 1103–1105 | Cite as

Chemical investigation of lipids of a marine sponge Spirastrella vagabunda

  • Pravat Manjari Mishra
  • Susanta Kumar Padhan
  • Ayinampudi Sree
  • Sasmita Baliarsingh
  • Mallika Panigrahi

Sponges are among the simplest of multicellular animals and are often described as the most primitive of all. Study of sponge lipids is as important as other secondary metabolites and has been well documented in a series of extensive reviews by Berge and Barnathan, Rod′kina, etc. [1,2]. Regular research into lipids of sponges began in the 1970s [3] and continues till today because they have the greatest diversity of fatty acids, sterols etc. Studies on fatty acids and sterols as lipid components of sponges and other organisms have been elaborately taken up by a number of investigators [4,5].

There are only a few investigations on this species, Spirastrella vagabunda. The aqueous extract of this species has shown high phospholipase A2 catalytic activity [ 6]. The bacteria isolated from this sponge produced acetylcholinesterase, an essential enzyme [ 7], but no investigation on the chemistry of this species has been done so far. This paper presents a study of the fatty acid profile and...


Saturated Fatty Acid Marine Sponge Sponge Species Lipophilic Extract Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Analysis 
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The authors thank the Director, IMMT, Bhubaneswar for providing facilities, Dr. R.B.N. Prasad, IICT, Hyderabad for providing GC-MS data, the Department of Ocean Development (DOD)/Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), New Delhi for financial support, and the Indian Navy for diving assistance to collect marine organisms. Three of us (SKP, SB, and MP) thank DOD/MoES for research fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pravat Manjari Mishra
    • 1
  • Susanta Kumar Padhan
    • 1
  • Ayinampudi Sree
    • 1
  • Sasmita Baliarsingh
    • 1
  • Mallika Panigrahi
    • 1
  1. 1.Natural Product Department, Institute of Minerals & Materials TechnologyBhubaneswarIndia

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