The structure of Cryptococcus neoformans galactoxylomannan contains beta-D-glucuronic acid

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Carbohydrate research (Impact Factor: 1.92). 04/2009; 344(7):915-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.carres.2009.03.003
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ABSTRACT The structure of galactoxylomannan, a capsular polysaccharide from the opportunistic yeast Cryptococcus neoformans, was re-examined by NMR spectroscopy and GC-MS. The residue that is 3-linked to the side chain galactose and was previously assigned as beta-D-xylose [Vaishnav, V. V.; Bacon, B. E.; O'Neill, M.; Cherniak, R. Carbohydr. Res.1998, 306, 315-330] was determined to be beta-D-glucuronic acid. A revised structure for this polymer is presented, along with a proposal that this compound be termed glucuronoxylomannogalactan (GXMGal).

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    • "Cryptococcal PS can be secreted via the protein secretory pathway ( Yoneda and Doering , 2006 ; Panepinto et al. , 2009 ) , or shed from cells in association with vesicular structures ( Rodrigues et al . , 2007 ) , and consists of at least two types of polymers : glucuronoxylomannan ( GXM ) and glucuronoxylomannogalactan ( GXMGal ; Heiss et al . , 2009 ) . Despite the homogenous appearance of the capsule by light microscopy , electron microscopy ( EM ) data suggest that the capsule is a heterogeneous structure , with a clear vertical " stratification " of the matrix into an electron - dense inner layer and an electron - lucent outer layer ( Gates et al . , 2004 ; Bryan et al . , 2005 "
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