Niemann Pick


Niemann Pick

  • Synthesis and degradation of phosphoglycerides
    • Phosphoglycerides
      • synthesized by a process similar in its initial steps to triacylglycerol synthesis glycerol 3-phosphate combines with two fatty acyl CoA to form phosphatidic acid
      • Synthesis of phospha tidy linositol
        • Phosphatidic acid reacts with cytidine triphosphate (CTP) to form cytidinediphosphate(CDP)-diacylglycerol, which reacts with inositol to form phosphatidylinositol.
        • Phospha tidy linositol can be further phosphorylated to form phosphatidylinositol 4,5- bisphosphate, which is cleaved in response to various stimuli to form the compounds inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) and diacylglycerol (DAG), which serve as second messengers.(MCQ)
  • Synthesis of phosphatidyl ethanolamine, phosphatidylcholine, and phosphatidylserine
    • Phosphatidic acid releases inorganic phosphate, and diacylglycerol is produced. DAG reacts with compounds containing cytidine nucleotides to form phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylcholine.
    • Phosphatidyl ethanolamine
      • DAG reacts with CDP-ethanolamine to form phosphatidylethanolamine.
      • Phosphatidyl ethanolamine can also be formed by decarboxylation of phosphatidylserine
    • Phosphatidylcholine
      • DAG reacts with CDP-choline to form phosphatidylcholine(lecithin).(MCQ)
      • Phosphatidyl choline can also be formed by methylation of phosphatidylethanolamine.
      • S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) provides the methyl groups.(MCQ)
      • Phosphatidylcholine : important functions (MCQ)
        • important component of cell membranes and the blood lipoproteins
        • provides the fatty acid for the synthesis of cholesterol esters in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) by the lecithin:cholesterolacyltransferase (LCAT) reaction (MCQ)
        • as the dipalmitoyl derivative, serves as a component of lung surfactant.
      • If choline is deficient in the diet, phosphatidylcholine can be synthesized de novo from glucose
      • Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) of the newborn
        • occurs in premature infants(MCQ)
        • due to a deficiency of surfactant in the lungs, which leads to a decrease in lung compliance.
        • Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC, also called lecithin), is the primary phospholipid in surfactant, which lowers surface tension at the alveolar air–fluid interface.
        • Surfactant is normally produced at gestational week 30(MCQ)
    • Phosphatidylserine
      • Phosphatidylserine is formed when phosphatidylethanolamine reacts with serineSerinereplaces the ethanolamine moiety
  • Degradation of phosphoglycerides
    • Phospho glycerides are hydrolyzed by phospholipases.
      • Phospholipase A1 releases the fatty acid at position1 of the glycerolmoiety
      • Phospholipase A2 releases the fatty acid at position 2
      • Phospholipase C releases the phosphorylated head group (e.g., choline) at position 3
      • Phospholipase D releases the free head group.
  • Synthesis and degradation of sphingolipids
    • Sphingo lipids are derived from serine rather than glycerol.(MCQ)
    • Serine condenses with palmitoyl CoA in a reaction in which the serine is decarboxylated by apyridoxal phosphate–requiring enzyme.
    • The product of the condensation reaction is a derivative of sphingosine. Subsequent reactions convert this product tosphingosine.(MCQ)
    • A fatty acyl CoA forms an amide with the nitrogen of sphingosine, and the resulting compound is ceramide.(MCQ)
  • The hydroxymethyl moiety of ceramide combines with various compounds to form sphingolipids and sphingoglycolipids.
    • Phosphatidyl choline reacts with ceramide to form sphingomyelin.
    • Uridinediphosphate (UDP)-sugars react with ceramide to form galacto cerebrosides  or glucocerebrosides.(MCQ)
  • What are gangliosides
    • A series of sugars can add to ceramide, with UDP sugars serving as precursors.
    • CMP-NANA (N-acetylneuraminic acid, a sialic acid) can form branches from the carbohydrate chain. These ceramide-oligosaccharide compounds are gangliosides.(MCQ)


    • Sphingo lipids are degraded by lysosomal enzymes.
    • Fabry disease
      • a-Galactosidase A deficiency(MCQ)
      • Glycolipids in brain, heart, and kidney, resulting in ischemia of affected organs
      • Severe pain in the extremities (acroparesthesia), skin lesions (angiokeratomas), hypohidrosis, and ischemic infarction of the kidney, heart, and brain(MCQ)
    • Gaucher disease
      • Gluco cerebrosidase deficiency
      • Gluco cerebrosides in blood cells, liver, and spleen
      • Hepatosplenomegaly anemia, thrombocytopenia, bone pain, and Erlenmeyer flask deformity of the distal femur.
      • autosomal recessive deficiency (MCQ)
    • Metachromatic leukodystrophy
      • Arylsulfatase Adeficiency(MCQ)
      • Sulfated glycolipid (sulfatide) compounds accumulate in neural tissue
      • cause demyelination of central nervous system and peripheral nerves.
      • Clinical consequences of demyelination include loss of cognitive and motor functions, intellectual decline in school performance, ataxia, hyporeflexia, and seizures.
    • Niemann-Pick disease
      • Sphingo myelinase deficiency(MCQ)
      • Sphingo myelin in the brain and blood cells
      • Mental retardation, spasticity, seizures, and ataxia
      • Death usually results by age 2-3 years
      • Inheritance is autosomal recessive.(MCQ)
    • Krabbe disease
      • b-Galactosidasedeficiency(MCQ)
      • Glycolipids causing destruction of myelin-producing oligodendrocytes
      • Clinical consequences of demyelination include spasticity and rapid neurodegeneration leading to death.
      •  Clinical signs include hypertonia and hyperreflexia, leading to decerebrate posturing, blind- ness, and deafness.
      •  Inheritance is autosomal recessive.(MCQ)
    • Tay-Sachs disease
      • Hexosaminidase Adeficiency(MCQ)
      • GM2 gangliosides in neurons(MCQ)
      • Progressive neurodegeneration, developmental delay, and early death.
      • autosomal recessive deficiency (MCQ)

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