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Title: Sphingolipid domains in the plasma membranes of fibroblasts are not enriched with cholesterol

The plasma membranes of mammalian cells are widely expected to contain domains that are enriched with cholesterol and sphingolipids. In this work, we have used high-resolution secondary ion mass spectrometry to directly map the distributions of isotope-labeled cholesterol and sphingolipids in the plasma membranes of intact fibroblast cells. Although acute cholesterol depletion reduced sphingolipid domain abundance, cholesterol was evenly distributed throughout the plasma membrane and was not enriched within the sphingolipid domains. As a result, we rule out favorable cholesterol-sphingolipid interactions as dictating plasma membrane organization in fibroblast cells. Because the sphingolipid domains are disrupted by drugs that depolymerize the cells actin cytoskeleton, cholesterol must instead affect the sphingolipid organization via an indirect mechanism that involves the cytoskeleton.
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  1. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)
  2. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  3. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (United States)
  4. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States); Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9258
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 288; Journal Issue: 23; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9258
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; cholesterol; isotopic tracers; lipid raft; mass spectrometry (MS); membrane structure; plasma membrane; sphingolipid
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