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Cell Surface Glycoconjugates

  1. André Verbert,
  2. René Cacan

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000707



How to Cite

Verbert, A. and Cacan, R. 2001. Cell Surface Glycoconjugates. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Lille University of Science and Technology, Villeneuve 'Ascq, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


In eukaryotic cells, the interface between the extracellular space and the intracellular matrix is formed of a lipid bilayer in which structural or functional proteins are anchored. Carbohydrates also form components of the cell surface, as glycoconjugates, i.e. glycolipids or glycoproteins. Although the carbohydrate moieties account for a minor part in mass (5–10%), their location at the external face of the membrane confers upon them unique biological functions as ‘recognition signals’.


  • glycoconjugates;
  • cell recognition