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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Barry Bennett,
Dr Carolyn Aitken,
Dr Martin Jones,
Dr Paul Farrimond,
Professor Stephen Larter
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In addition to previously reported 25-norhopanoic acids with the 17α(H), 21β(H) and 17β(H), 21α(H) configurations, for the first time we report the identification of 25-norhopanoic acids bearing the 17β(H), 21β(H) configuration in a suite of heavily biodegraded oils from China. The 17β(H), 21β(H) stereochemistry is a thermally unstable biologically-derived structure, suggesting that the 17β(H), 21β(H) 25-norhopanoic acids may derive from petroleum-degrading microbes. Rather than representing a direct input, we propose that demethylation of 17β(H), 21β(H) hopanoic acids derived from bacteria in the reservoir may give rise to 17β(H), 21β(H) 25-norhopanoic acids, implying that microbial reworking of biomass is occurring alongside petroleum degradation. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Bennett B, Aitken CM, Jones DM, Farrimond P, Larter SR
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Organic Geochemistry
ISSN (print): 0146-6380
ISSN (electronic): 1873-5290
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