Journal article

Characterization of glycoinositol phospholipids in the amastigote stage of the protozoan parasite Leishmania major.

P Schneider, JP Rosat, A Ransijn, MA Ferguson, MJ McConville

Biochem J | Published : 1993


The major macromolecules on the surface of the parasitic protozoan Leishmania major appear to be down-regulated during transformation of the parasite from an insect-dwelling promastigote stage to an intracellular amastigote stage that invades mammalian macrophages. In contrast, the major parasite glycolipids, the glycoinositol phospholipids (GIPLs), are shown here to be expressed at near-constant levels in both developmental stages. The structures of the GIPLs from tissue-derived amastigotes have been determined by h.p.l.c. analysis of the deaminated and reduced glycan head groups, and by chemical and enzymic sequencing. The deduced structures appear to form a complete biosynthetic series, r..

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