AskDefine | Define glycolipid

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  1. an association of a carbohydrate and a phospholipid, such as phosphatidylinositol, found in cell membranes

Extensive Definition

    • Gangliosides (the most complex animal glycolipids; contain negatively charged oligosacchrides with one or more sialic acid residues; more than 40 different gangliosides have been identified; they are most abundant in nerve cells)
    • Globosides
    • Sulfatides
    • Glycophosphosphingolipids (complex glycophospholipids from fungi, including yeasts, and in plants, where they were originally called "phytoglycolipids" by Herbert Carter, et al., may comprise as complicated a set of compounds as the negatively charged gangliosides in animals. The head group of a glycolipid is composed of sugars.

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glycolipid in Czech: Glykolipid
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