Chemical approaches for the study of the mycobacterial glycolipids phosphatidylinositol mannosides, lipomannan and lipoarabinomannan
Benjamin Cao, Spencer J Williams
NATURAL PRODUCT REPORTS | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2010
The mannose-rich mycobacterial glycophospholipids phosphatidylinositol mannosides (PIMs), lipomannan (LM), and lipoarabinomannan (LAM) are important constituents of the mycobacterial cell wall and are critical mediators of host-pathogen interactions. Since the earliest reports of their existence almost 80 years ago, intensive efforts have now resulted in an almost complete description of their molecular structures. In parallel, based on studies over the last 10 years, their biosynthesis is now reasonably well understood. Owing to the structural complexity of these glycophospholipids, chemically synthesized fragments have been essential for dissecting their biosynthesis and biological functio..View full abstract
The Australian Research Council is acknowledged for ongoing research support. BC is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award.