Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



Major Professor

Michael Best

Committee Members

David Baker, Frank Vogt


Lipids are categorized according to their biological function. Phospholipids, glycolipids, and cholesterol are bulk membrane lipids that offer structure and support to the cells and organelle membranes. Signaling lipids include diacylglycerol, phosphatidic acid, and lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). These are low abundance lipids that are active in various pathways. LPA acts through GPCR receptors to activate G or beta mediated stimulation of phospholipase C leading to phosphatidylinositol-(4,5)-bisphosphate hydrolysis, Gi mediated inhibition of adenyl cyclase, and Gi mediated stimulation of the mitogenic Ras- MAP kinase. To further elucidate the biological activity of LPA and potentially identify new LPA binding receptors, activity based protein profiling (ABPP) can be utilized to label and identify enzymes. This thesis discusses the development of an LPA activity probe which incorporates a benzophenone group that can be photocrosslinked to a protein via ultraviolet radiation and a secondary azide tag to facilitate purification of the probe and bound protein.

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