Structural characterization and functional properties of a novel lipomannan variant isolated from a Corynebacterium glutamicum pimB' mutant

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


  • C Klein
  • P Babu
  • PG Hitchen
  • HR Morris
  • A Dell
  • L Eggeling

Colleges, School and Institutes


The genus Corynebacterium is part of the phylogenetic group nocardioform actinomycetes, which also includes the genus Mycobacterium. Members of this phylogenetic group have a characteristic cell envelope structure, which is dominated by complex lipids and amongst these, lipoglycans are of particular interest. The disruption of NCgl2106 in C. glutamicum resulted in a mutant devoid of monoacylated phosphatidyl-myo-inositol dimannoside (Ac(1)PIM(2)) resulting in the accumulation of Ac(1)PIM(1) and cessation of phosphatidyl-myo-inositol (PI) based lipomannan (Cg-LM, now also termed 'Cg-LM-A') and lipoarabinomannan (Cg-LAM) biosynthesis. Interestingly, SDS-analysis of the lipoglycan fraction from the mutant revealed the synthesis of a single novel lipoglycan, now termed 'Cg-LM-B'. Further chemical analyses established the lipoglycan possessed an alpha-D: -glucopyranosyluronic acid-(1 --> 3)-glycerol (GlcAGroAc(2)) based anchor which was then further glycosylated by 8-22 mannose residues, with Man(12-20)GlcAGroAC(2) molecular species being the most abundant, to form a novel lipomannan structure (Cg-LM-B). The deletion of NCgl2106 in C. glutamicum has now provided a useful strain, in addition with a deletion mutant of NCgl0452 in C. glutamicum for the purification of Cg-LM-A and Cg-LM-B. Interestingly, both Cg-LM species induced a similar production of TNF-alpha by a human macrophage cell line suggesting that the phospho-myo-inositol residue of the PI-anchor does not play a key role in lipoglycan pro-inflammatory activity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-87
Number of pages11
JournalAntonie van Leeuwenhoek
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008