Published in Blood Weekly, November 13th, 2003
According to recent research from France, "Gangliosides are glycosphingolipids made of hydrophobic ceramides coupled to hydrophilic sialylated oligosaccharides. They belong to lipid rafts located on the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane and their oligosaccharide moieties are exposed on the cell surface.
"Gangliosides are shed as monomeric molecules from the plasma membrane by a largely unknown mechanism into the extracellular medium and they are synthesized de novo by the cells. The shed gangliosides bind to lipoproteins from which they are...
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