Lipids of Leishmania Promastigotes

J Parasitol. 1979 Apr;65(2):201-16.

Abstract

A chromatographic analysis of lipids of cultured promastigotes of Leishmania donovani, L. braziliensis, L. mexicana, L. tropica, L. enriettii, L. hertigi, L. adleri, and L. tarentolae showed that total lipids were 2--15% of dry wt, and neutral and polar lipids were 14--55% and 45--86% of total lipids. Major lipid classes were as follows: sterol ester, triacylglycerol, sterol, diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylcholine. Predominant fatty acids were 18:2 (n - 6) greater than 18:3 (n - 3) greater than 18:1 (n - 9) greater than 18:0 greater than 22:6 (n - 3) greater than 22:5 (n - 6) greater than 16:0 greater than 14:0 greater than 18:4 (n - 3) greater than 20:3 (n - 3). Some remarkable distributions of fatty acids among the phospholipid fractions were observed, as follows: diphosphatidylglycerol 18--33% 22:6 (n - 3); phosphatidylinositol 31--68% 18:1 (n - 9); phosphatidylcholine 13--41% 18:3 (n - 3). Alk-l-enyldiacyl glycerols, and alk-l-enylacyl and alkylacyl forms of phosphatidylethanolamine and of phosphatidylinositol were found, and their glyceryl ethers and fatty adehydes analyzed. Notable in the phosphatidylethanolamine of some leishmanias was a cyclopropane fatty acid (4--11%), identified as cis-9,10-methylene octadecanoic acid by chromatographic, and by mass and proton resonance spectrometric analyses. The comparative biochemistry of the cyclopropane fatty acid, characteristic of many prokaryotes, and of alpha-linolenic acid, characteristic of photosynthetic plants, are commented upon.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromatography
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Leishmania / analysis*
  • Lipids / analysis*
  • Phosphatidic Acids / analysis
  • Phospholipids / analysis
  • Species Specificity
  • Sterols / analysis

Substances

  • Fatty Acids
  • Lipids
  • Phosphatidic Acids
  • Phospholipids
  • Sterols