Why are glycoproteins and glycolipids important?


Why are glycoproteins and glycolipids important?


The prefix 'glyco' has to do with carbohydrates, so glycoproteins and glycolipids are proteins and lipids with sugars attached. These important macromolecules can be found attached to the outer cell membrane or in secretions outside the cell.

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Glycoproteins and glycolipids are important because they play a role in cell signaling, cell attachment, regulating the immune system, and creating...

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What Are Glycoproteins? - Definition, Functions & Examples

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Chapter 4 / Lesson 11

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