Accumulation of isogloboside and ganglio-N-tetraosyl ceramide having blood group B determinant in the hepatomas of female LEC rats

Toshio Ariga, Noriyuki Kasai, Ichiro Miyoshi, Masanaga Yamawaki, J. Neel Scarsdale, Robert K. Yu, Takeshi Kasama, Takao Taki

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We have studied the neutral glycolipid composition of spontaneous hepatomas in LEC female rats. Neutral lipid fractions were isolated and purified by column chromatographies on DEAE-Toyopearl 650(M) and Iatrobeads. The neutral glycolipid fraction contained 3.2 to 4.4 μg lipid-bound glucose (Glc) per mg protein, and consisted of isogloboside (iso-Gb4, 50.8% of total neutral glycolipids) and IV3Gal, IV2Fuc, GgOse4Cer (asialo-BGM1, 13.5%) as the major neutral glycolipids and Gb3 and iso-Gb3 (9.2%), GlcCer (7.2%), LacCer (6.1%) as the other species. The structure of iso-Gb4 was elucidated by gas-liquid chromatography (GLC), permethylation study, liquid secondary ion (LSI) mass spectrometry, and nuclear Overhauser enhancement spectroscopy (NOESY) and that for asialo-BGM1 by GLC, LSI mass spectrometry, and high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC)-overlay method using anti-asialo-BGM1 antibody. Isogloboside and asialo-BGM1 which are found in negligible amounts in normal liver tissues may represent excellent markers for studying tumor metastasis and cellular adhesion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Lipids and Lipid Metabolism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 9 1995
Externally publishedYes



  • Blood group B-active glycolipid
  • Hepatoma
  • Isogloboside
  • LEC rat
  • Neutral glycolipid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology

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