The lipid part of glycolipids is sphingosine in which the amino group is acylated by a fatty chain, forming a ceramide. most of the oligosaccharide chains belong to one of four series, the ganglio, globo, lacto type 1 and lacto type 2 series. Blood group antigens are glycolipids.
This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology
(11 Mar 2008)
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