Diacyl, Alkylacyl, and Alkenylacyl Phospholipids of Meloidogyne javanica Females

D. J. Chitwood, L. R. Krusberg


The phospholipid composition and acyl, alkyl, and alkenyl group compositions of diacyl, alkylacyl, and alkenylacyl phosphoglycerides of M. javanica were investigated. Phospholipid was comprised of 61.7% choline phosphoglyceride, 22.0% ethanolamine phosphoglyceride, and smaller quantities of six other lipids. Phospholipid fatty acid was more unsaturated than neutral lipid fatty acid and contained 61.3% octadecenoic (18:1) acid. Fatty acid at the 1-position of diacyl phospholipids was shorter and more saturated than that at the 2-position. Compared to choline phosphoglyceride, ethanolantine phosphoglyceride contained less 18:1 and 20:5 and more 18:0 and 20:0 acid. Alkenylacyl and alkylacyl compounds comprised 34.6% and 9.3%, respectively, of the ethanolamine phosphoglyceride but only 0.5% and 0.6% of the choline phosphoglyceride. Alkenylacyl and alkylacyl ethanolamine phosphoglycerides contained a smaller percentage of 20-carbon polyunsaturated acid at their 2-positions than did their diacyl analogue. At least 95% of the alkenyl and alkyl groups were 18:0 compounds. Tomato roots did not contain alkenylacyl or alkylacyl phosphoglycerides; their occurrence in M. javanica is a significant biochemical difference between the nematode and its host. Key words: lipids, ether lipids, plasmalogens, fatty acids, tomato, root-knot nematode.

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