What is the role of glycolipids and glycoproteins in plasma membranes?

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Curt Wintheiser

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Humayra Khan

Glycolipids - are lipids attached to a carbohydrate via a covalent bond that can facilitate cellular recognition. Cellular recognition allows the cell to differentiate between other types of cells.

Glycoproteins - are proteins attached to a carbohydrate via a peptide bond. Glycoproteins have various functions such as acting as a receptor to receive chemical signals, Another function is it's role in the immune system where it acts to protect the body.

Chowdhury Arefeen Mahmud

Glycolipids are basically a lipid attached to a carbohydrate (glycogen as the name refers! By a glycosidic bonds that are doing in cell membranes helping in cellular recognition. Whereas, glycoproteins are a carbohydrate attached to the polypeptide chains of any proteins usually found in cell membrane as well as in the blood which as as receptors for chemical signals to bring about a certain response.

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  1. They stabilise the cell surface membrane by forming hydrogen bonds
  2. They allow for cell to cell recognition
  3. Helps cells attach to other cells which helps them to form a large tissue
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