Differences in liver ganglioside patterns in various inbred strains of mice.

R. Ghidoni, S. Sonnino, V. Chigorno, B. Venerando, G. Tettamanti

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The ganglioside patterns in the liver of different inbred and hybrid strains of mice were investigated. The inbred strains were Balb/cAnNCr1BR, C57BL/6NCr1BR, DBA/2NCr1BR. C3H/HeNCr1BR; the hybrid strain was the Swiss albino. The following major gangliosides were found to be present in mouse liver: GM3-NeuAc; GM3-NeuGl, GM2 [a mixture of one species carrying N-acetylneuraminic acid (NeuAc) and one carrying N-glycollylneuraminic acid (NeuGl)], GM1 and GD1a-(NeuAc,NeuGl). The qualitative and quantitative patterns of liver gangliosides were markedly different in the various inbred strains of mice; in Balb/cAnNCr1BR strain, ganglioside GM2 was preponderant (99.2% of total ganglioside content); in C57BL/6NCr1BR, the major ganglioside was GM2 (90.4%), followed by GM3-NeuAc (5.6%) and GM3-NeuGl (4.0%); in DBA/2NCr1BR, GM2 accounted for 77.1%, GD1a-(NeuAc,NeuGl) 18.9% and GM1 3.1% of gangliosides; in C3H/HeNCr1BR, GM2 constituted 50.6%, GM1 22.8% and GD1a-(NeuAc,NeuGl) 22.1%. In the hybrid Swiss albino mice, liver ganglioside composition markedly varied from one animal to another, GM3-NeuGl, GM2 and GD1a-(NeuAc,NeuGl) being the predominant gangliosides in the various cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-888
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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