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The Gup1 homologue of Trypanosoma brucei is a GPI glycosylphosphatidylinositol remodelase

Jaquenoud, Malika ; Pagac, Martin ; Signorell, Aita ; Benghezal, Mohammed ; Jelk, Jennifer ; Bütikofer, Peter ; Conzelmann, Andreas

In: Molecular Microbiology, 2008, vol. 67, no. 1, p. 202-212

Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) lipids of Trypanosoma brucei undergo lipid remodelling, whereby longer fatty acids on the glycerol are replaced by myristate (C14:0). A similar process occurs on GPI proteins of Saccharomyces cerevisiae where Per1p first deacylates, Gup1p subsequently reacylates the anchor lipid, thus replacing a shorter fatty acid by C26:0. Heterologous expression... Plus

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    Summary
    Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) lipids of Trypanosoma brucei undergo lipid remodelling, whereby longer fatty acids on the glycerol are replaced by myristate (C14:0). A similar process occurs on GPI proteins of Saccharomyces cerevisiae where Per1p first deacylates, Gup1p subsequently reacylates the anchor lipid, thus replacing a shorter fatty acid by C26:0. Heterologous expression of the GUP1 homologue of T. brucei in gup1Δ yeast cells partially normalizes the gup1Δ phenotype and restores the transfer of labelled fatty acids from Coenzyme A to lyso-GPI proteins in a newly developed microsomal assay. In this assay, the Gup1p from T. brucei (tbGup1p) strongly prefers C14:0 and C12:0 over C16:0 and C18:0, whereas yeast Gup1p strongly prefers C16:0 and C18:0. This acyl specificity of tbGup1p closely matches the reported specificity of the reacylation of free lyso-GPI lipids in microsomes of T. brucei. Depletion of tbGup1p in trypanosomes by RNAi drastically reduces the rate of myristate incorporation into the sn-2 position of lyso-GPI lipids. Thus, tbGup1p is involved in the addition of myristate to sn-2 during GPI remodelling in T. brucei and can account for the fatty acid specificity of this process. tbGup1p can act on GPI proteins as well as on GPI lipids.