Definition of sphingolipid in English:


Line breaks: sphingo|lipid
Pronunciation: /ˌsfɪŋgə(ʊ)ˈlɪpɪd


  • Any of a class of compounds which are fatty acid derivatives of sphingosine and occur chiefly in the cell membranes of the brain and nervous tissue.
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    • Sphingomyelins are the only sphingolipid that are phospholipids.
    • Previous studies of this phenomenon have focused mainly on systems combining cholesterol with PC and sphingolipids.
    • In biological membranes, sphingolipids are essentially localized on the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane.

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