Definition of sphingomyelin in English:


Line breaks: sphingo|mye¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˌsfɪŋgə(ʊ)ˈmʌɪəlɪn


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A substance which occurs widely in brain and nervous tissue, consisting of complex phosphoryl derivatives of sphingosine and choline.
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    • In this study, we have examined how the headgroup size and properties affect the membrane properties of sphingomyelin and interactions with cholesterol.
    • Cholesterol and sphingomyelin are thought to be the principal components of lipid rafts in cell and model membranes.
    • In contrast, choline is essentially derived from the circulation, and only negligible amounts are incorporated into other lipids, such as sphingomyelin.

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