Structure and biosynthesis of free lipid A molecules that replace lipopolysaccharide in Francisella tularensis subsp. novicida.

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Francisella tularensis subsp. novicida U112 phospholipids, extracted without hydrolysis, consist mainly of phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylcholine, and two lipid A species, designated A1 and A2. These lipid A species, present in a ratio of 7:1, comprise 15% of the total phospholipids, as judged by 32Pi labeling. Although lipopolysaccharide is detectable in F. tularensis subsp. novicida U112, less than 5% of the total lipid A is covalently linked to it. A1 and A2 were analyzed by electrospray ionization and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, and NMR spectroscopy. Both compounds are disaccharides of glucosamine, acylated with primary 3-hydroxystearoyl chains at positions 2, 3, and 2' and a secondary palmitoyl residue at position 2'. Minor isobaric species and some lipid A molecules containing a 3-hydroxypalmitoyl chain in place of 3-hydroxystearate are also present. The 4'- and 3'-positions of A1 and A2 are not derivatized, and 3-deoxy-d-manno-octulosonic acid (Kdo) is not detectable. The 1-phosphate groups of both A1 and A2 are modified with an alpha-linked galactosamine residue, as shown by NMR spectroscopy and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. An alpha-linked glucose moiety is attached to the 6'-position of A2. The lipid A released by mild acid hydrolysis of F. tularensis subsp. novicida lipopolysaccharide consists solely of component A1. F. tularensis subsp. novicida mutants lacking the arnT gene do not contain a galactosamine residue on their lipid A. Formation of free lipid A in F. tularensis subsp. novicida might be initiated by an unusual Kdo hydrolase present in the membranes of this organism.

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Cited Authors

  • Wang, X; Ribeiro, AA; Guan, Z; McGrath, SC; Cotter, RJ; Raetz, CRH

Published Date

  • December 5, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 48

Start / End Page

  • 14427 - 14440

PubMed ID

  • 17128982

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2569856

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-2960

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/bi061767s


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States