Very-long-chain 3-hydroxy fatty acids, 3-hydroxy fatty acid methyl esters and 2-alkanols from cuticular waxes of Aloe arborescens leaves

The present work aimed at a comprehensive chemical characterization of the cuticular wax mixtures covering leaves of the monocot species Aloe arborescens

Radu C. Racovita

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • The present work aimed at a comprehensive chemical characterization of the cuticular wax mixtures covering leaves of the monocot species Aloe arborescens
  • Alkyl esters ranging from C42 to C52 were identified, and found to mainly contain C28 alcohol linked to C16–C20 acids
  • Three other homologous series were identified as 3-hydroxy fatty acids, their methyl esters, and 2-alkanols
  • Based on structural similarities and homolog distributions, the biosynthetic pathways leading to these novel wax constituents can be hypothesized

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