Definition of sphingosine in English:

sphingosine

Line breaks: sphingo|sine
Pronunciation: /ˈsfɪŋgə(ʊ)sʌɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A basic compound which is a constituent of a number of substances important in the metabolism of nerve cells, especially sphingomyelins.
  • A crystalline alcohol; chemical formula: C18H37NO2
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  • Sphingolipids are composed of a backbone of sphingosine which is derived itself from glycerol.
  • It is, in principle, possible that sphingosine could be involved in the regulation of gene expression and signal transduction.
  • Amino acylation, with a long chain fatty acid, at carbon 2 of sphingosine yields a ceramide.

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