A glycosphingolipid chemically similar to cerebrosides but containing one or more sialic (N-acetylneuraminic or N-glycolylneuraminic) acid residues; found principally in nerve tissue, spleen, and thymus; GM1 accumulates in generalized gangliosidosis; GM2 accumulates in Tay-Sachs disease. SYN: sialoglycosphingolipid.

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gan·gli·o·side 'gaŋ-glē-ə-.sīd n any of a group of glycolipids that are found esp. in the plasma membrane of cells of the gray matter and have sialic acid, hexoses, and hexosamines in the carbohydrate part and ceramide as the lipid

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one of a group of glycolipid found in the brain, liver, spleen, and red blood cells (they are particularly abundant in nerve cell membranes). Gangliosides are chemically similar to cerebroside but contain additional carbohydrate groups.

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gan·glio·side (gangґgle-o-sīd″) any of a group of glycosphingolipids in which the polar head group on ceramide is a sialic acid–containing oligosaccharide linked via a glucose residue; they occur predominantly in tissues of the central nervous system. The most basic core structure is ceramide-glucose-galactose-N-acetylneuraminic acid.

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  • Ganglioside — Ganglioside,   Singular Gangliosid das, s, Biochemie: Gruppe der Glykolipide …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • ganglioside — A glycosphingolipid that contains one or more residues of N acetyl or other neuraminic acid derivatives. Gangliosides are found in highest concentration in cells of the nervous system, where they can constitute as much as 5% of the lipid …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • ganglioside — /gang glee euh suyd /, n. Biochem. any of a class of glycolipids, found chiefly in nerve ganglia, that upon hydrolysis yield sphingosine, neuraminic acid, a fatty acid, and a monosaccharide. [1940 45; GANGLI(ON) + OSE2 + IDE] * * * …   Universalium

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