The unicellular cyanobacterium Euhalothece sp. strain LK-1, isolated from a gypsum crust on the bottom of a hypersaline saltern pond in Eilat, Israel, contains high concentrations of two mycosporine-like amino acids with maximum absorbance at 331 and 362 nm when grown at high light intensities. The 331 nm-absorbing compound has previously been identified as mycosporine-2-glycine. Here, we confirm this identification and document the elucidation of the structure of the 362 nm absorbing compound ('euhalothece-362'), using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry combined with other techniques, as a novel compound, 2-(E)-3-(E)-2,3-dihydroxyprop-1-enylimino-mycosporine-alanine.
- Mycosporine-like amino acids