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A class of membrane lipids that have a polar head and two nonpolar tails. They are composed of one molecule of the long-chain amino alcohol sphingosine (4-sphingenine) or one of its derivatives, one molecule of a long-chain acid, a polar head alcohol and sometimes phosphoric acid in diester linkage at the polar head group. (Lehninger et al, Principles of Biochemistry, 2nd ed)

Year introduced: 1972(1971)

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Tree Number(s): D10.570.877, D10.808

MeSH Unique ID: D013107

Entry Terms:

  • Lysosphingolipids

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