sphingomyelin

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sphingomyelin

(ˌsfɪŋɡəʊˈmaɪəlɪn)
n
(Biochemistry) biochem any of a group of phospholipids, derived from sphingosine, that occur in biological membranes, being especially abundant in the brain
[from sphingo-, from Greek sphingein to bind + myelin]
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Their finding: the higher the level of plasma sphingomyelins and the lower the level of ceramide--two types of fat found in cells--the slower dementia will progress.
Mielke's team found that the higher the level of plasma sphingomyelins and the lower the level of ceramide - two types of fat found in cells throughout the body - the slower the progression of the dementia of Alzheimer's disease.
Effects of feeding Lunaria oil rich in nervonic and erucic acids on the fatty acid compositions of sphingomyelins from erythrocytes, liver, and brain of the guaking mouse mutant.
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