Elucidation of glycolipid structure by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Robert K Yu, Theodore A.W. Koerner, J. Neel Scarsdale, James H. Prestegard

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The primary structure of the oligosaccharide moiety of a glycosphingolipid can be elucidated by employing high-field proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Information with respect to the composition and configuration of its sugar residues, and the sequence and linkage sites of the oligosaccharide chain can be obtained by employing a variety of one- and two-dimensional techniques. The latter include both scalar and dipolar correlated two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy. These techniques are also useful in establishing the solution conformation (secondary structure) of the oligosaccharide moiety. Examples in utilizing these techniques in elucidating the primary and secondary structures of glycolipids are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-48
Number of pages22
JournalChemistry and Physics of Lipids
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Dec 15 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • gangliosides
  • glycosphingolipids
  • proton NMR
  • secondary structure
  • solution conformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Cell Biology


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