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Galactosylceramides

Synonym(s)

  • galactocerebrosides

Definition(s)

Cerebrosides which contain as their polar head group a galactose moiety bound in glycosidic linkage to the hydroxyl group of ceramide. Their accumulation in tissue, due to a defect in beta-galactosidase, is the cause of galactosylceramide lipidosis or globoid cell leukodystrophy.

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Published: December 16, 2014