Sea Cucumber In Sabah: Current Analysis


Kaswandi Md. Ambia, Faridah Wazir, Azman Sulaiman, Ridzwan Hashim and John L. Goad*


Simposium Sumber Alam Kebangsaan Pertama. Tema "Penggunaan Pengurusan Dan Pemuliharaan Alam Dalam Konteks Pembangunan Negara", Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kampus Sabah, Malaysia




Sabah, Sea cucumber, Bohadschia argus , Holothuria atra, sterols, steroids


Several studies were conducted to determine sterols and steroids content in Bohadschia argus and Holothuria atra. Holothuroids lipids were extracted using organic solvent and repeatedly  purified employing column and thin layer chromatography. Structure of sterols were determined using CCMS. The result indicated that free sterol was 9% of the total lipid. Eleven sterols were found in 4α-methyl fraction and Jive others in 4-desmethyl fraction. Saponin studies using HPLC produced unpromising result. These studies, however failed to detect the existence of parkeol, an intermediate in saponin biosynthesis.