Lipids and Biomembranes

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what are the differences between glycolipids and phospolipids? Is it that glycolipids have serine backbones and are attached to a carbohydrate? And does the carbohydrate it attaches to have to be glucose?


While phospholipds have glycerol as a three carbon backbone, glycolipids have a three carbon backbone that resembles serine. The carbohydrate attached to a glycolipid is usually an oligosaccharide because they serve as a markers on the outside of a biological membrane.

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