Journal article

Characterization of GDP-alpha-D-arabinopyranose, the precursor of D-Arap in Leishmania major lipophosphoglycan.

P Schneider, MJ McConville, MA Ferguson

J Biol Chem | Published : 1994


Protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania synthesize a complex lipophosphoglycan (LPG), which is the major cell surface macromolecule. The LPG from Leishmania major contains beta-D-Arap-terminating side chains that are involved in regulating the attachment of the parasite to the midgut epithelium of its insect vector. An arabinose sugar nucleotide donor was identified in soluble extracts of L. major promastigotes. This sugar nucleotide was biosynthetically labeled with D-[2-3H]Glc and with D-[5-3H]Ara. The labeled sugar nucleotide generated [3H]Ara and GDP after mild acid hydrolysis. The absolute configuration of the arabinose was determined after reduction and acylation with a pure enanti..

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