Glycoproteins, Glycolipids and Cellular Recognition

  • Roger Harrison
  • George G. Lunt
Part of the Tertiary Level Biology book series (TLB)


animal cell plasma membranes contain asymmetrically-distributed glycoproteins and glycolipids which extend their carbohydrate-bearing portions directly into the extracellular environment, and there is currently a great deal of interest in the possible involvement of such molecules in the many aspects of cell recognition. The cell membranes of bacteria, fungi and higher plants are, in general, in contact with a complex carbohydrate-rich cell wall which complicates characterization of sugar-containing plasma membrane components. The cell wall, moreover, shields the underlying membrane from direct interaction with the cell surroundings, and the present chapter will accordingly be mainly concerned with the structure and function of the glycolipids and glycoproteins of animal cell plasma membranes.


Sialic Acid Blood Group Thyroid Stimulate Hormone Membrane Glycoprotein Histocompatibility Antigen 
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  • Roger Harrison
    • 1
  • George G. Lunt
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of BathUK

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