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Biochemistry. 1989 Aug 8;28(16):6672-8.

Characterization of glycosphingolipid mixtures with up to ten sugars by gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry as permethylated oligosaccharides and ceramides released by ceramide glycanase.

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  • 1Department of Medical Biochemistry, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Abstract

A novel, effective method for structural characterization of glycosphingolipids has been devised. It employs ceramide glycanase to release intact oligosaccharides followed by analysis using high-mass gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The oligosaccharides and ceramides released by the glycanase were permethylated and analyzed. The capillary gas chromatography gave excellent resolution and separated, for example, two isomeric 10-sugar oligosaccharides with a molecular mass of 2150 daltons differing only by a Gal1-3GlcNAc and a Gal1-4GlcNAc linkage. The oligosaccharides released from sialic acid containing glycosphingolipids (gangliosides) were also analyzed for monosialo compounds. This analytical approach is simple, is quick, and can readily allow quantitation of individual glycosphingolipids.

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