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Complex Glycerolipids



These web pages describe the structures, occurrence, basic biochemistry and functions of the complex (polar) glycerolipids, including both the phospholipids and glycosyldiacylglycerols (galactolipids). In all living organisms, glycerophospholipids are key components of the membranes, but they have a variety of other vital functions as cellular messengers, enzyme activators, and so forth. Galactolipids are especially important in plants, where they are major constituents of photosynthetic tissues especially. Discussion of other complex glycerolipids, such as betaine and archaeal lipids, is also appropriate here.

These essays are aimed at generalists, not experts in particular disciplines, but the reading lists at the end of each provide for those requiring a more specialized knowledge. In addition, the Literature Survey pages contain comprehensive lists of those publications consulted during the writing of this section of the site. As I am able to update them regularly, my web pages here are much more up-to-date and accurate, and they are far better illustrated than obsolete versions elsewhere.


Lipid listings Credits/disclaimer Updated: March 16th, 2017 Author: William W. Christie LipidWeb icon