From The School of Biomedical Sciences Wiki
- Glycolipids are lipids found in the surface membrane of the cell.
- It has a sugar group attached to it.
- The sugar groups are added during modification of the lipid molecules while in the golgi apparatus.
- The glycoproteins can help protect the cell when in harsh conditions e.g. high pH.
- They play a major part in cell recognition e.g. cell adhesion.
- However they may also provide an entry point into the cell for damaging bacterial toxins e.g. they act as cell surface receptors for the toxin that causes diarrhea during cholera .
- ↑ Alberts, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts, Walter.(2008) Molecular Biology Of The Cell, 5th edition, New York:Garland Science, Taylor & Francis Group