Identification of 27-nor-(24R)-24-methylcholesta-5,22-dien-3β-ol and brassicasterol as the major sterols of the marine dinoflagellateGymnodinium simplex

The major 4α-monomethyl sterol of the dinoflagellateGymnodinium simplex was identified as (24S)-4α,24- dimethylcholestan-3β-ol. The major 4-demethyl sterols were characterized as (24R)-24-methylcholesta-5,22-dien-3β-ol (brassicasterol) and 27-nor-(24R)-24-methylcholesta-5,22-dien-3β-ol. The latter sterol has the opposite configuration at C-24 to that… CONTINUE READING