Structural characterization of the polar lipids of Clostridium novyi NT. Further evidence for a novel anaerobic biosynthetic pathway to plasmalogens.

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Journal Article

A study of the polar lipids of Clostridium novyi NT has revealed the presence of phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and cardiolipin as major phospholipids with smaller amounts of phosphatidylglycerol (PG), lysyl-PG and alanyl-PG. Other minor phospholipids included phosphatidic acid, CDP-diacylglycerol, phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylthreonine (PT). PE, PG and amino acyl PG were present in both the diacyl and alk-1'-enyl acyl (plasmalogen) forms and cardiolipin plasmalogens were found to contain one or two alk-1'-enyl chains. In contrast, the precursor lipids phosphatidic acid, CDP-diacylglycerol and PS were present almost exclusively as diacyl phospholipids. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that plasmalogens are formed from diacylated phospholipids at a late stage of phospholipid formation in Clostridium species. This novel pathway contrasts with the route in animals in which a saturated ether bond is formed at an early stage of plasmalogen biosynthesis and the alk-1-enyl bond is formed by an aerobic mechanism.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Guan, Z; Johnston, NC; Aygun-Sunar, S; Daldal, F; Raetz, CRH; Goldfine, H

Published Date

  • March 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1811 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 186 - 193

PubMed ID

  • 21195206

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21195206

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-3002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbalip.2010.12.010

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands