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To investigate in detail the expression of glycosphingolipids (GSLs) on endothelial cells, 4.85 x 10(9) human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were cultivated in a 2 l bioreactor using microcarriers as a support for anchorage dependent growing cells. Neutral GSLs and gangliosides were isolated and their structures were determined by TLC(More)
The oligosaccharide structures of glycolipids from cercariae of the human blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni, were analyzed in the form of their corresponding, pyridylaminated oligosaccharides by methylation analysis, partial hydrolysis, exoglycosidase treatment, on-target exoglyco-sidase cleavage and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence, distribution and immunochemical properties of antibody-defined carbohydrate epitopes in neutral glycolipid fractions of Schistosoma mansoni eggs, cercariae and adults. The amount of extractable, antigenic, neutral glycolipids was lowest in adult worms, increasing consecutively in cercariae and eggs.(More)
Immunomodulatory properties of phosphorylcholine (PC)-containing glycosphingolipids from Ascaris suum were investigated utilizing immune cells from BALB/c mice. Proliferation of splenic B cells induced either via F(ab')2 fragments of anti-murine Ig (anti-Ig) or LPS was significantly reduced when the glycosphingolipids were present in the culture medium.(More)
The carbohydrate side chains of batroxobin were liberated from tryptic glycopeptides by treatment with peptide-N4-(N-acetyl-beta-glucosaminyl)asparagine amidase F, pyridylaminated and separated by two-dimensional HPLC. Neutral oligosaccharide derivatives obtained after desialylation were characterized by methylation analysis, liquid secondary-ion mass(More)
Phosphorylcholine (PC), a small haptenic molecule, is found in a wide variety of prokaryotic organisms, i. e. bacteria, and in eukaryotic parasites such as nematodes, as well as in fungi. Linked to parasite-specific glycoprotein glycans or glycolipids, it is assumed to be responsible for a variety of immunological effects, including invasion mechanisms and(More)
Human Onchocerca volvulus infection sera were found to recognize zwitterionic glycolipids of O. volvulus and to cross-react with those of other parasitic nematodes (Ascaris suum, Setaria digitata and Litomosoides sigmodontis). By the use of an epitope-specific monoclonal antibody, zwitterionic glycolipids of all these nematode species were observed to(More)
The use of electrospray ionization (ESI)-ion-trap mass spectrometry (ITMS) for analysis of zwitterionic, glycolipid-derived sugar cores of glycosphingolipids is described. The capability of the method to perform multiple steps of fragmentation (MS(n)) allows structural characterization of these compounds. No derivatization of the released oligosaccharides(More)
The free-living nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, has been proposed and analyzed as a prototypic model for parasitic nematodes. In order to study whether there is a structural basis for the proposed analogy with respect to nematode glycoconjugates, we have analyzed Caenorhabditis elegans glycosphingolipids. Three, simple neutral glycosphingolipid components(More)
The acidic glycolipid fraction (AF) of the porcine, parasitic nematode, Ascaris suum , consisted of two subfractions. The major component AF II reacted with orcinol-sulfuric acid and molybdate, while the minor component AF I gave a positive reaction with azure-A, a cationic dye specific for sulfatides. Sugar constituent analysis, methanolysis, methylation(More)