Inhibition of Cellular Uptake of Folate by Blocking Synthesis of the Membrane Folate Receptor

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The folate receptor, bound to the plasma membrane through a glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor, requires both sphingolipids and cholesterol in the membrane for full activity. In recent studies, treatment of cells in culture with the mycotoxin fumonisin B1, which inhibits sphingolipid synthesis, virtually abolished uptake of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate.

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