Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 425–432 | Cite as

Seasonal composition of lipids, fatty acids, and sterols in the edible red alga Grateloupia turuturu

  • Melha Kendel
  • Aurélie Couzinet-Mossion
  • Michèle Viau
  • Joël Fleurence
  • Gilles Barnathan
  • Gaëtane Wielgosz-Collin


Composition of lipids, sterols, fatty acids (FA), and phospholipids in the edible Rhodophyta Grateloupia turuturu from Britanny, France, was investigated over four seasons in order to identify compounds with potential benefits in health and nutrition. The lipid content was found to vary from 3.3 to 4.1 % dry weight. No marked variations were observed for glycolipids accounting for 42.3–46.8 %, whereas neutral lipids and phospholipids fluctuated from 20.1 % (summer) to 41.8 % (winter), and 11.2 % (winter) to 33.4 % (summer), respectively. Polyunsaturated FA of the total lipids were found from 20.4 % (winter) to 31.1 % (summer), including 20:5 ω3 acid as the major one (up to 16.3 % in summer). Phosphatidylcholine (20.0–43.7 %) and phosphatidylserine (24.6–37.5 %) were the dominant phospholipids in all seasons. Compounds of interest were identified in minor amounts such as squalene, α-tocopherol, phytonadione (vitamin K1), cholesteryl formate, cholest-4-en-3-one, and cholesta-4,6-dien-3-one. Cholesterol was the major sterol with a lower content in spring and summer.


Seaweeds Grateloupia turuturu Rhodophyta Lipids Fatty acids Sterols Phospholipids 



The authors thank Dr Claire Denis, Mr Pierre Gaudin, and Mrs Vony Rabesaotra from University of Nantes, Laboratory Mer-Molécules-Santé (MMS), EA 2160, for their technical assistance, in collecting alga, measurement, and in data analysis. This work is part of Melha Kendel’s Ph.D., supported by a grant from the Conseil Général de la Loire Atlantique, France.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melha Kendel
    • 1
  • Aurélie Couzinet-Mossion
    • 1
  • Michèle Viau
    • 3
  • Joël Fleurence
    • 2
  • Gilles Barnathan
    • 1
  • Gaëtane Wielgosz-Collin
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculté des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et BiologiquesLUNAM Université, Université de Nantes, Groupe Mer-Molécules-Santé MMS, EA 2160, Institut Universitaire Mer et Littoral FR3473 CNRSNantes Cedex 1France
  2. 2.Faculté des Sciences et des TechniquesLUNAM université, Université de Nantes, Groupe Mer-Molécules-Santé MMS, EA 2160, Institut Universitaire Mer et Littoral FR3473 CNRSNantes Cedex 3France
  3. 3.UR 1268, Biopolymères Interactions AssemblagesInstitut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)NantesFrance

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