Any of a group of complex lipids present in the sheaths of nerve fibres.
- Globosides represent cerebrosides that contain additional carbohydrates, predominantly galactose, glucose or GalNAc.
- The members of this family hydrolyze sulfate ester bonds of a variety of compounds, including mucopolysaccharides, cerebrosides, and steroids.
- The amide linkage resides in a region of low dielectric constant, according to available structural data on ceramides and cerebrosides which further promotes the formation of strong hydrogen bonds.
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