A glycolipid metabolically labelled with [14C]GlcN was isolated from the free-living protozoan Tetrahymena mimbres. The glycolipid was sensitive to a bacterial phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C, and the headgroup was shown to contain a phosphorylated Mana1-2Mana1-3Mana1-4GlcN glycan. The Tetrahymena glycolipid is structurally unique among the glycosylphosphatidylinositols that have so far been characterized, including those from several protozoan parasites of humans.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Oct 1991|