Gangliosides contain sialic acid residues that are added using a cytidine derivative. This compound, CMP-neuraminic acid (Fig. 7.14) is formed by an enzymic reaction from CTP and is analogous to the
Table 7.5 Substrates used for the formation of sphingolipids
Group to be added
Sialic acid (N-acetyl neuraminic acid) Sulphate
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