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Lipids and fatty acids of tachyzoites and purified pellicles ofToxoplasma gondii

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Various lipids were extracted from tachyzoites and from purfied pellicles ofToxoplasma gondii. Extracts from both sources were found to have a low cholesterol/phospholipid ratio. The major phospholipid in these fractions was phosphatidylcholine associated with a low amount of sphingomyelin. Oleic acid represented one-third of whole-cell fatty acids and 44% of pellicular fatty acid content. The lipid composition of the pellicle ofT. gondii is consistent with the previously reported high fluidity of this membrane.

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Foussard, F., Gallois, Y., Girault, A. et al. Lipids and fatty acids of tachyzoites and purified pellicles ofToxoplasma gondii . Parasitol Res 77, 475–477 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00928412

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  • Lipid
  • Oleic Acid
  • Acid Content
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • Lipid Composition