The Building Blocks of Beauty: Ceramides

Some of the structural features of the long-chain bases are only introduced  after they are esterified with long-chain fatty acids to form  ceramides, which are also the primary precursors of the complex sphingolipids.  In addition, ceramides have an important role in cellular signalling, and especially in the regulation of apoptosis,  and cell differentiation, transformation and proliferation (aocs.org).

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