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Antigens: Carbohydrates

  1. Mepur H Ravindranath,
  2. Donald L Morton

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000500



How to Cite

Ravindranath, M. H. and Morton, D. L. 2001. Antigens: Carbohydrates. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Carbohydrate antigens are polymeric chains of diverse monomeric sugar molecules. Carbohydrate antigens can induce antibody production without the help of T lymphocytes and are also recognized by cell-surface lectins.


  • carbohydrates;
  • neutral glycolipids;
  • gangliosides;
  • N-linked glycoproteins;
  • O-linked glycoproteins;
  • polysialic acids