Hydration of long chain fatty acids

john andrew hudson HUDSONA at grasslands.cri.nz
Tue Mar 21 15:59:44 EST 1995

I have a number of bacterial strains which, under anaerobic condtions, hydrate 
oleic acid to 10-hydroxystearic acid. My question is why do they do it? One 
idea is that it's a detoxification mechanism, especially of epoxy fatty acids. 
This, however, is not very plausible given that the isolates came from the 
rumen. Any ideas.

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