Generation of glycerophospholipid molecular species in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Fatty acid pattern of phospholipid classes and selective acyl turnover at sn-1 and sn-2 positions

S Wagner, Fritz Paltauf


Acyl chains linked to phospholipids of the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, are mainly C16:1 and C18:1 accompanied by minor amounts of C14:0, C16:0 and C18:0. In view of this rather simple fatty acid composition, the question arose whether in yeast, as in higher eukaryotes, fatty acyl groups were characteristically distributed among the sn-1 and sn-2 positions of distinct phospholipid classes. Analysis of fatty acids linked to the sn-1 and sn-2 positions of the major phospholipids showed that indeed saturated fatty acyl groups predominated in the sn-1 positions. While the percentage of saturated fatty acids was low (10%) in phosphatidylcholine (PtdCho) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PtdEtn) from cells grown on rich medium, it was higher in phosphatidylserine (PtdSer) (25%) and highest in phosphatidylinositol (PtdIns) (41%). Oleate was mainly linked to position sn-2, while palmitoleate predominated in position sn-1. Striking differences in the fatty acid distribution of phospholipids that are metabolically closely related (e.g. PtdSer and PtdEtn, PtdEtn and PtdCho, and PtdIns and PtdSer) suggest that pathways must exist for the generation of distinct phospholipid molecular species within the different phospholipid classes. The hi...Continue Reading


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