John D. Weete

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As a representative of a genus with species considered to be potential commercial producers of the nutritionally important polyunsaturated fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Thraustochytrium sp. ATCC 26185 was investigated to determine its potential for DHA production and lipid composition. Cells from liquid shake cultures contained 32% (w/w) lipid, 18%(More)
BACKGROUND Ergosterol has been considered the "fungal sterol" for almost 125 years; however, additional sterol data superimposed on a recent molecular phylogeny of kingdom Fungi reveals a different and more complex situation. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS The interpretation of sterol distribution data in a modern phylogenetic context indicates that there(More)
This study was conducted to determine if dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could modulate lung eicosanoid production. Three groups of chickens were depleted of essential fatty acids by feeding diets containing 1% hydrogenated coconut oil from hatching to 8 wk, followed by repletion for 3 wk with diets containing soybean oil (SBO) and linseed oil(More)
Several strains of species of the fungal genus Pythium, and of Phytophthora cinnamomi, were screened for content of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) arachidonic acid (AA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The aim of the investigation was to establish alternative sources of these PUFAs, which are of importance in human nutrition. As a relatively(More)
The effect of rainbow trout growth hormone complementary DNA on body shape, dress-out yield, and body composition were assessed in the F1 and F2 generations of transgenic common carp (Cyprinus carpio). All measurements were compared with those for nontransgenic full-sibling common carp in their respective families, and the fish were communally evaluated in(More)
The chemical components of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from the fish pathogen Edwardsiella ictaluri (Ed. ictaluri) were analyzed by SDS-PAGE, gas chromatography, and spectrophotometry, and compared with those of Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli 0111:B4. Only four to five low molecular weight species of LPS from Ed. ictaluri were detected by silver(More)
To study the effects of hydrogenated fat in the maternal diet on lipid composition and prostaglandin content of human milk, eight nursing mothers, 2 months postpartum, were provided with two 5-day diets in a cross-over design with an intervening 2-day period. Diets for the two periods were identical except that sources of hydrogenated fat were used in the(More)
The freely extractable sterols of spores ofLinderina pennispora, Spicaria elegans, Penicillium claviforme, Aspergillus niger, Ustilago nuda, U. maydis, Puccinia graminis, andP. striiformis were examined using mass spectrometric techniques. Each species contained at least 3–5 detectable sterol components in the 4-desmethyl sterol fraction, and, when present,(More)