Recently discovered functions of glucosylceramides in plants and fungi

  title={Recently discovered functions of glucosylceramides in plants and fungi},
  author={Dirk C. Warnecke and Ernst Heinz},
  journal={Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS},
Glycosphingolipids are ubiquitous membrane lipids of eukaryotic organisms and a few bacteria. Whereas inositol-containing glycosphingolipids are restricted to plants and fungi, galactosylceramide occurs only in fungi and animals. In contrast, glucosylceramide is the unique glycosphingolipid which plants, fungi and animals have in common. However, there are specific differences in the structure of the ceramide backbone of glucosylceramides from these organisms. A comparison of the structural… CONTINUE READING


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