Glycoconjugate Journal

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 23–33 | Cite as

Structural analysis of novel rhamnose-branched oligosaccharides from the glycophosphosphingolipids ofLeptomonas samueli

  • Jose O. Previato
  • Robin Wait
  • Christopher Jones
  • Lucia Mendonça-Previato


Mild alkaline hydrolysis of the glycophosphosphingolipids of the protozoanLeptomonas samueli liberated several phosphoinositol-containing oligosaccharides (PI-oligosaccharides), which were purified by high performance anion exchange chromatography. The oligosaccharides in the resulting four fractions were characterized by methylation analysis, fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The oligosaccharides contain the core structure Manα(1–4)GlcNα(1–6)-myo-inositol-1-OPO3, and are substituted with 2mol of 2-aminoethylphosphonate per mol of oligosaccharide. The nonreducing ends of the oligosaccharides were terminated by rhamnose branched neutral and acidic xylose-containing penta-, hexa-, hepta- and octasaccharides, of which the three most abundant were shown to have the structures:
$$\begin{gathered} \begin{array}{*{20}c} {\begin{array}{*{20}c} {\alpha Rha} & {OPO} \\ \end{array} _2 CH_2 CH_2 NH_3^ + O PO_2 CH_2 CH_2 NH_3^ + } \\ {\begin{array}{*{20}c} {\begin{array}{*{20}c} | \\ 3 \\ \end{array} } & {\begin{array}{*{20}c} | \\ 6 \\ \end{array} } & {\begin{array}{*{20}c} | \\ 6 \\ \end{array} } \\ \end{array} } \\ {R - \left. 4 \right)Man\alpha \left( {1 - 2} \right)Man\alpha \left( {1 - 3} \right)Man\alpha \left( {1 - 3} \right)Man\alpha \left( {1 - 4} \right)GlcN\alpha \left( {1 - 6} \right)Ins\left( {1/2} \right) - PO_4 } \\ \end{array} \hfill \\ Where R = Xyl\beta \left( {1 - 4} \right)Xyl\beta \left( 1 \right. - {\text{ }}\left( {{\text{PI - oligosaccharide I }}} \right) \hfill \\ {\text{ }}Xyl\beta \left( {1 - 3} \right)Xyl\beta \left( {1 - 4} \right)Xyl\beta \left( 1 \right. - {\text{ }}\left( {{\text{PI - oligosaccharide II }}} \right) \hfill \\ {\text{ GlcA}}\alpha \left( {1 - 3} \right){\text{GlcA}}\alpha \left( {1 - 4} \right)Xyl\beta \left( {1 - 4} \right)Xyl\beta \left( 1 \right. - {\text{ }}\left( {{\text{PI - oligosaccharide II }}} \right) \hfill \\ \end{gathered}$$
More tentative structures are also proposed for three minor oligosaccharides.


glycophosphosphingolipids rhamnose-branched oligosaccharide Trypanosomatidae Leptomonas samueli 



double quantum filtered correlated spectroscopy


fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry


gas chromatography-mass spectrometry


gas chromatography




high performance anion-exchange chromatography

[M + H]+

protonated molecule

[M − H]

deprotonated molecule


nuclear Overhauser enhancement


pulsed amperometric detection




relative intensity


rotating frame nuclear Overhauser enhancement spectroscopy


total correlation spectroscopy


2-aminoethylphosphonic acid








glucuronic acid












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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose O. Previato
    • 1
  • Robin Wait
    • 2
  • Christopher Jones
    • 3
  • Lucia Mendonça-Previato
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Microbiologia GeralUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro-RJBrasil
  2. 2.Division of PathologyPublic Health Laboratory Service Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, Porton DownSalisburyUK
  3. 3.Laboratory of Molecular StructureNational Institute for Biological Standards and Control, South MimmsPotters BarUK

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