Title

The biosynthesis of astaxanthin-XIV. The conversion of labelled β-carotene-15,15′-3H2 into astaxanthin in the crab, Portunus trituberculatus

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

10-15-1973

Abstract

The crab, Portunus trituberculatus, was cultured in a laboratory for 2 weeks by feeding a special diet containing β-carotene-15,15′-3H2 dissolved in plant oil. β-Carotene-15,15′-3H2 was converted to labelled astaxanthin through the steps of isocryptoxanthin, echinenone, canthaxanthin and 3-hydroxy-canthaxanthin. A classification of aquatic animals, based on their biosynthesis of astaxanthin, is discussed. © 1973.

Publication Title

Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part B: Biochemistry and

Volume

46

Issue

2

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