Lipids and fatty acids of tachyzoites and purified pellicles of Toxoplasma gondii.

Parasitology research

PubMedID: 1924252

Foussard F, Gallois Y, Girault A, Menez JF. Lipids and fatty acids of tachyzoites and purified pellicles of Toxoplasma gondii. Parasitol Res. 1991;77(6):475-7.
Various lipids were extracted from tachyzoites and from purified pellicles of Toxoplasma 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 of T. gondii is consistent with the previously reported high fluidity of this membrane.