Alkylacylglycerol molecular species in the glycosylinositol phospholipid membrane anchor of bovine erythrocyte acetylcholinesterase

William L. Roberts, John J. Myher, Arnis Kuksis, Terrone L. Rosenberry

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Bovine erythrocyte acetylcholinesterase, a glycosylinositol phospholipid anchored membrane enzyme, was digested with phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and the released glycerol-containing moieties were identified and quantitated. About 96% of the total was alkylacylglycerol, of which sn-1-stearyl-2-stearoylglycerol, sn-1-stearyl-2-oleoylglycerol andsn-1-oleyl-2-stearoylglycerol accounted for 69%, 13% and 10%, respectively. These alkylacylglycerols are in marked contrast to the exclusively diacylglycerol species present in phosphatidylinositol from bovine erythrocyte membranes. This difference suggests that assembly of the membrane anchor of Ebo AChE involves a selected cellular pool of diradylglycerols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-277
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 15 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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