Stereochemistry of the acyl dihydroxyacetone phosphate acyl exchange reaction

S. J. Friedberg, N. Satsangi, S. T. Weintraub

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The fatty acid of acyl dihydroxyacetone phosphate can be exchanged enzymatically for another fatty acid. It has been shown that this reaction proceeds by cleavage of the oxygen bound to C-1 of the dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP) moiety rather than by the more common cleavage at the acyl to oxygen bond. In the present study, the stereochemistry of this reaction was defined further; using deuterated substrates and fast atom bombardment-mass spectrometry, it was shown that the fatty acid exchange involves the stereospecific labilization of the pro-R hydrogen at C-1 of the DHAP moiety of acyl DHAP. The mechanism of ether bond formation, in which acyl DHAP is converted to O-alkyl DHAP, also proceeds via labilization of the pro-R hydrogen and cleavage of the fatty acid at the C-1 to oxygen bond. In addition, other workers have provided evidence that the enzyme responsible for the exchange reaction is O-alkyl DHAP synthetase. Therefore, the present results support the hypothesis that the acyl exchange is the reverse reaction of the first step O-alkyl DHAP synthesis; in both of these reactions the pro-R hydrogen of C-1 of the DHAP moiety of acyl DHAP and the fatty acid moiety are labilized with cleavage of the fatty acid at the DHAP C-1 to oxygen bond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of lipid research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991


  • O-alkyl DHAP
  • enzymology
  • ether bond formation
  • ether lipids
  • fast atom bombardment-mass spectrometry
  • glyceryl ethers
  • stereochemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology

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