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Effects of fluorinated inositols on the phosphoinositide metabolism and the proliferation of Trypanosoma cruzi

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Inositol has been cited as being essential for the growth of micro-organisms and animals. Its action rests mostly in the formation of a set of inositol-containing lipids, including phosphatidylinositol and its phosphorylated derivatives. To evaluate the functional responses coupled to the phosphoinositide metabolism in Trypanosoma cruzi we used myo-inositol and its six fluorinated analogues. Their uptake into epimastigotes was characterised using tritium-labeled myo-inositol and monodeoxyfluoro-myo-inositols. The analogues were tested for their ability to inhibit [3H]-myo-inositol incorporation into phosphoinositides and the proliferation of epimastigotes and amastigotes. The results showed differences between T. cruzi and mammalian systems in the responses to the fluorinated analogues. We found that the 3-, 5- and 6-fluoro analogues did not enter the cells but had an inhibitory effect on the incorporation of the radioactive inositol into lipids and on the amastigotes' and epimastigotes' replication. The most effective inhibitor, 1-D-6-deoxy-6-myo-inositol, had no effect on mammalian cell division.

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Received: 12 June 1998 / Accepted: 15 September 1998

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Einicker-Lamas, M., Malaquias, A., de Castro, S. et al. Effects of fluorinated inositols on the phosphoinositide metabolism and the proliferation of Trypanosoma cruzi . Parasitol Res 85, 232–238 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004360050539

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Keywords

  • Lipid
  • Cell Division
  • Mammalian Cell
  • Inositol
  • Functional Response