Occurrence of glyceryl ethers in the phosphatidylcholine fraction of surfactant from dog lungs

Raj Kuma, Richard J. King, Donald J. Hanahan

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The molecular species of ether-linked lipids in the phosphatidylcholine (PC) fraction of the pulmonary surfactant obtained from the lavage fluid of dog were characterized. A combination of base-catalyzed methanolysis, phospholipase C treatment, gas-liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry procedures were applied. The phospholipid composition of the surfactant, obtained by phosphorus assay of lipids separated by silica gel G thin-layer chromatography (TLC), was: PC (75%), phosphatidylglycerol (10%), phosphatidylethanolamine (7%), plus small amounts of sphingomyelin, phosphatidylinositol, and phosphatidylserine. The major components of the PC were 1, 2-diacylPC (95%), and 1-O-alkyl-2-acylPC (5%). No detectable amounts of 1-O-alkyl-1′-enyl-2-acylPC or di-alkyl-1-enylPC were observed. The acyl groups present in the diacylPC were 14:0 (5%), 16:0 (68%), 16:1 (12%), 18:0 (6%), 18:1 (7%) and 18:2 (2%). The predominant alkyl ether chains located at the carbon 1 position of the 1-O-alkyl-2-acylPC were 16:0 (84%), 18:0 (5%) and 18:1 (14%). At the carbon 2 position only a 16:0 fatty acyi residue was detected. In three out of seven animals platelet-activating factor-like activity, as determined by a platelet aggregation assay, was isolated by TLC. This aggregating activity was lost upon base-catalyzed methanolysis, but was restored by functional levels after acetylation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Lipids and Lipid Metabolism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 22 1985


  • (Dog lung)
  • Glyceryl ether
  • Lung surfactant
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • Platelet activating factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology


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