The appearance, disappearance and reappearance of plasmalogens in evolution.

@article{Goldfine2010TheAD,
  title={The appearance, disappearance and reappearance of plasmalogens in evolution.},
  author={Howard Goldfine},
  journal={Progress in lipid research},
  year={2010},
  volume={49 4},
  pages={493-8}
}
Plasmalogens, 1-O-alk-1'-enyl 2-acyl glycerol phospholipids and glycolipids, seem to have evolved first in anaerobic bacteria, but they did not persist when facultative and aerobic species appeared after the concentration of oxygen increased in the early earth's history. Later, when aerobic animal cells appeared with their mitochondria and other intracellular organelles, plasmalogen biosynthesis requiring molecular oxygen, reappeared. The possible reasons for the disappearance and reappearance… CONTINUE READING

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