Gangliosides of Brain and of Extraneural Tissues: Structural Relationship to Protein-Linked Glycans

  • Heikki Rauvala
  • Jukka Finne
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 125)


Several membrane-associated functions involve an interaction between a biologically active agent, such as antibody (Hakomori and Kobata, 1974; Talmadge and Burger, 1975), protein hormone (Fishman and Brady,1976) or toxin (Craig and Cuatrecasas, 1975), and a membrane carbohydrate chain. The carbohydrate chains of both membrane glycolipids and glycoproteins are in principle suited for such specific interactions, as they both contain a wide diversity of specific saccharide structures projecting to the external milieu from the cell.


Sialic Acid Blood Group Erythrocyte Membrane Human Erythrocyte Carbohydrate Chain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heikki Rauvala
    • 1
  • Jukka Finne
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical ChemistryUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinki 17Finland

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