Intracellular Aspects of Ganglioside Metabolism and Transport

  • Guido Tettamanti
  • Amelia Fiorilli
  • Bruno Venerando
  • Sandro Sonnino
  • Riccardo Ghidoni
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 116)


Gangliosides are glycosphingolipids particularly abundant in the nervous system and displaying a highly differentiated carbohydrate composition1. They are mainly located in the cell plasma membrane, and are asymmetrically disposed on the outer surface. Their hydrophobic portion (the ceramide) is inserted into the membrane layer and the oligosaccharide moiety protrudes on the membrane surface. Very small amounts of gangliosides are also present in intracellular compartments. These gangliosides are likely the expression of the transient forms moving from the site of biosynthesis to the plasma membrane or migrating from the plasma membrane to the site of degradation. Most of the information regarding ganglioside metabolism and intracellular transport pertains to brain gangliosides. However, important contributions to this topic were also provided by studies carried out on extraneural tissues, such as liver, spleen, kidney, mammary gland and thyroid, and on cultured cells, such as transformed and tumoral cells, and primary cultures of neural cells.


Sialic Acid Golgi Apparatus Chain Base Brain Ganglioside Terminal Galactose 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Tettamanti
    • 1
  • Amelia Fiorilli
    • 1
  • Bruno Venerando
    • 1
  • Sandro Sonnino
    • 1
  • Riccardo Ghidoni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Chemistry and BiochemistryThe Medical School University of MilanMilanItaly

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