Sphingosine

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Sphingosine is used as a backbone for many fatty acids found in animal cell membranes. It has polar porperties which aid it's interaction with our lipid molecules, this polarity is due to a free hydroxyl group. Sphingosine has two hydroxyl and one amino group attached to a long acyl chain [1].

References

  1. Alberts,B(2008) Molecular biology of the cell 5th Edition
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