Lipid and Lipoarabinomannan Isolation and Characterization

  • Marie-Antoinette Lanéelle
  • Jérôme Nigou
  • Mamadou DafféEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1285)


Mycobacteria are microorganisms that contain a very high content of structurally diverse lipids, some of them being biologically active substances. As such the lipid composition is commonly used to characterize mycobacterial strains at the species and type-species level. This chapter describes the methods that allow the purification of the most commonly isolated biologically active lipids and those used for analyzing extractable lipids and their constituents, cell wall-linked mycolic acids and lipoarabinomannan (LAM). The latter involve simple chromatographic and analytical techniques, such as thin-layer chromatography and gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry.

Key words

Lipids Glycolipids Mycolic acids Cell wall Lipid analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie-Antoinette Lanéelle
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jérôme Nigou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mamadou Daffé
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Tuberculosis & Infection Biology Department, Institut de Pharmacologie et de BiologieStructurale (IPBS)Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)ToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Université de Toulouse, Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III)ToulouseFrance

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