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membrane carbohydrate

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Carbohydrate is linked to the external face of the plasma membrane as:

  • glycoproteins; the vast majority
  • glycolipids
  • proteoglycans; long polysaccharide chains joined to a protein core, commonly set free from the surface as an excreted product

The layer is termed the glycocalyx, or cell coat, and it blends into the extracellular matrix.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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