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Nature. 1991 May 2;351(6321):33-9.

Pathway of phosphatidylinositol(3,4,5)-trisphosphate synthesis in activated neutrophils.

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  • 1Biochemistry Department, AFRC Institute of Animal Physiology & Genetics Research, Cambridge, UK.


Neutrophils activated by the formyl peptide f-Met-Leu-Phe transiently accumulate a small subset of highly polar inositol lipids. A similar family of lipids also appear in many other cells in response to a range of growth factors and activated oncogenes, and are presumed to be the direct or indirect products of 3-phosphatidylinositol kinase. The structures of these lipids are shown to be phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate, phosphatidylinositol-(3,4)bisphosphate and phosphatidylinositol-(3,4,5)trisphosphate, and we present evidence that in intact neutrophils a phosphatidyl-inositol-(4,5)bisphosphate-3-kinase seems to be the focal point through which agonists stimulate the formation of 3-phosphorylated inositol lipids.

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