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7.4 Metabolism of sphingolipids, 285

7.4.1 Biosynthesis of the sphingosine base and ceramide, 285

7.4.2 Cerebroside biosynthesis, 286

7.4.3 Formation of neutral glycosphingolipids, 286

7.4.4 Ganglioside biosynthesis, 286

7.4.5 Sulphated sphingolipids, 288

7.4.6 Sphingomyelin is both a sphingolipid and a phospholipid, 289

7.4.7 Catabolism of the sphingolipids, 289

7.5 Cholesterol biosynthesis, 291 7.6

7.5.1 Acetyl-CoA is the starting material for 7.7 terpenoid as well as fatty acid 7.8 synthesis, 291 7.9

7.5.2 Further metabolism generates the isoprene unit, 293 7.10

7.5.3 Higher terpenoids are formed by a series of condensations, 293 7.11

7.5.4 A separate way of forming the isoprene 7.12 unit occurs in plants, 293

7.5.5 Sterol synthesis requires cyclization, 7.13

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