The detection of phosphonolipids in the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi

Michael A. J. Ferguson, Anthony K. Allen, David Snary

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    2-Aminoethylphosphonate was detected in the acid hydrolysates of the phosphonolipids and the lipopeptidophosphoglycan of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas' disease. This finding represents the first evidence of phosphonolipids in a zooflagellate. By comparison, no phosphonolipids were detected in Trypanosama brucei, indicating that phosphonolipids are not a ubiquitous feature of the Order Kinetoplastidia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-174
    Number of pages4
    JournalBiochemical Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1982


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