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StatusDetected and Quantified
Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2022-03-07 02:48:59 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB00024
Metabolite Identification
Common Name3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0)
Description3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide is an acidic, sulfated glycosphingolipid, often known as sulfatide. This lipid occurs in membranes of various cell types, but is found in particularly high concentrations in myelin where it constitutes 3-4% of total membrane lipids. This lipid is synthesized primarily in the oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system. Accumulation of this lipid in the lysosomes is a characteristic of metachromatic leukodystrophy, a lysosomal storage disease caused by the deficiency of arylsulfatase A. Alterations in sulfatide metabolism, trafficking, and homeostasis are present in the earliest clinically recognizable stages of Alzheimer's disease. Cerebrosides are glycosphingolipids. There are four types of glycosphingolipids, the cerebrosides, sulfatides, globosides and gangliosides. Cerebrosides have a single sugar group linked to ceramide. The most common are galactocerebrosides (containing galactose), the least common are glucocerebrosides (containing glucose). Galactocerebrosides are found predominantly in neuronal cell membranes. In contrast glucocerebrosides are not normally found in membranes. Instead, they are typically intermediates in the synthesis or degradation of more complex glycosphingolipids. Galactocerebrosides are synthesized from ceramide and UDP-galactose. Excess lysosomal accumulation of glucocerebrosides is found in Gaucher disease. Sulfatides are glycosphingolipids. There are four types of glycosphingolipids, the cerebrosides, sulfatides, globosides and gangliosides. Sulfatides are the sulfuric acid esters of galactocerebrosides. They are synthesized from galactocerebrosides and activated sulfate, 3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulfate (PAPS).
3-O-Sulphogalactosylceramide (D18:1/24:0)Generator
Chemical FormulaC48H93NO11S
Average Molecular Weight892.33
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight891.646933993
IUPAC Name[(2R,5S,6R)-3,5-dihydroxy-2-{[(2S,3R,4E)-3-hydroxy-2-tetracosanamidooctadec-4-en-1-yl]oxy}-6-(hydroxymethyl)oxan-4-yl]oxidanesulfonic acid
Traditional NameC24 sulfatide
CAS Registry Number151122-71-3
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as methoxyphenols. Methoxyphenols are compounds containing a methoxy group attached to the benzene ring of a phenol moiety.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassBenzenoids
Sub ClassMethoxyphenols
Direct ParentMethoxyphenols
Alternative Parents
  • Methoxyphenol
  • Phenethylamine
  • Anisole
  • Phenoxy compound
  • Phenol ether
  • Methoxybenzene
  • 2-arylethylamine
  • Aralkylamine
  • Alkyl aryl ether
  • 1-hydroxy-2-unsubstituted benzenoid
  • Monocyclic benzene moiety
  • Ether
  • Primary amine
  • Amine
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Primary aliphatic amine
  • Organic nitrogen compound
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Aromatic homomonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAromatic homomonocyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Not AvailableNot Available
Physical Properties
Experimental Molecular Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Experimental Chromatographic PropertiesNot Available
Predicted Molecular Properties
Water Solubility0.00021 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)-1.9ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-0.99ChemAxon
Physiological Charge-1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count10ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count6ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area192.08 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count43ChemAxon
Refractivity244.99 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability111.09 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings1ChemAxon
Rule of FiveNoChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleNoChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
Predicted Chromatographic Properties

Predicted Collision Cross Sections

PredictorAdduct TypeCCS Value (Å2)Reference

Predicted Kovats Retention Indices


MetaboliteSMILESKovats RI ValueColumn TypeReference
3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0)[H][C@@](CO[C@@H]1O[C@H](CO)[C@H](O)C(OS(O)(=O)=O)C1O)(NC(=O)CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC)[C@]([H])(O)\C=C\CCCCCCCCCCCCC6670.1Standard polar33892256
3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0)[H][C@@](CO[C@@H]1O[C@H](CO)[C@H](O)C(OS(O)(=O)=O)C1O)(NC(=O)CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC)[C@]([H])(O)\C=C\CCCCCCCCCCCCC5589.2Standard non polar33892256
3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0)[H][C@@](CO[C@@H]1O[C@H](CO)[C@H](O)C(OS(O)(=O)=O)C1O)(NC(=O)CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC)[C@]([H])(O)\C=C\CCCCCCCCCCCCC6737.7Semi standard non polar33892256

MS/MS Spectra

Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash KeyDeposition DateSourceView
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0) 10V, Negative-QTOFsplash10-0006-0010000090-4009dca32137df81dfe12021-09-23Wishart LabView Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0) 20V, Negative-QTOFsplash10-000x-2093004070-440431caa30e54f5b02f2021-09-23Wishart LabView Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0) 40V, Negative-QTOFsplash10-052b-9115315000-b669e31b7b81f310731f2021-09-23Wishart LabView Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0) 10V, Positive-QTOFsplash10-000x-3001009080-1e911bc6ce858fa130922021-09-25Wishart LabView Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0) 20V, Positive-QTOFsplash10-001i-4011009010-ee22cc729d52a1645af62021-09-25Wishart LabView Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 3-O-Sulfogalactosylceramide (d18:1/24:0) 40V, Positive-QTOFsplash10-06dl-7951023000-4afdf97295dee65586e42021-09-25Wishart LabView Spectrum
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane
  • Lysosome
Biospecimen Locations
  • Urine
Tissue Locations
  • Brain
  • Kidney
  • Neuron
Normal Concentrations
UrineDetected and Quantified0.205 (0.07-0.34) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
Abnormal Concentrations
UrineDetected and Quantified12.7 (1.2-24.2) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothMetachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) details
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease References
Metachromatic leukodystrophy
  1. Natowicz MR, Prence EM, Chaturvedi P, Newburg DS: Urine sulfatides and the diagnosis of metachromatic leukodystrophy. Clin Chem. 1996 Feb;42(2):232-8. [PubMed:8595716 ]
Associated OMIM IDs
  • 250100 (Metachromatic leukodystrophy)
DrugBank IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FooDB IDNot Available
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID24823255
KEGG Compound IDNot Available
BioCyc IDNot Available
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkNot Available
METLIN IDNot Available
PubChem Compound24779585
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI IDNot Available
Food Biomarker OntologyNot Available
VMH IDNot Available
MarkerDB IDMDB00000013
Good Scents IDNot Available
Synthesis ReferenceHakomori, Senichiro; Ishimoda, Taiko; Nakamura, Kiyoshi. Separation and characterization of two sulfatides of brain. Journal of Biochemistry (Tokyo, Japan) (1962), 52 468-9.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
  1. Wenger DA, DeGala G, Williams C, Taylor HA, Stevenson RE, Pruitt JR, Miller J, Garen PD, Balentine JD: Clinical, pathological, and biochemical studies on an infantile case of sulfatide/GM1 activator protein deficiency. Am J Med Genet. 1989 Jun;33(2):255-65. [PubMed:2764035 ]
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Only showing the first 10 proteins. There are 71 proteins in total.


General function:
Involved in galactosylceramidase activity
Specific function:
Hydrolyzes the galactose ester bonds of galactosylceramide, galactosylsphingosine, lactosylceramide, and monogalactosyldiglyceride. Enzyme with very low activity responsible for the lysosomal catabolism of galactosylceramide, a major lipid in myelin, kidney and epithelial cells of small intestine and colon.
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Involved in catalytic activity
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Involved in galactosylceramide sulfotransferase activity
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Catalyzes the sulfation of membrane glycolipids. Seems to prefer beta-glycosides at the non-reducing termini of sugar chains attached to a lipid moiety. Catalyzes the synthesis of galactosylceramide sulfate (sulfatide), a major lipid component of the myelin sheath and of monogalactosylalkylacylglycerol sulfate (seminolipid), present in spermatocytes (By similarity). Also acts on lactosylceramide, galactosyl 1-alkyl-2-sn-glycerol and galactosyl diacylglycerol (in vitro).
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Involved in catalytic activity
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Hydrolyzes cerebroside sulfate.
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Involved in catalytic activity
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May be essential for the correct composition of cartilage and bone matrix during development. Has no activity toward steroid sulfates
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Involved in transferase activity, transferring hexosyl groups
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Catalyzes the formation of some glycolipid via the addition of N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) in alpha-1,3-linkage to some substrate. Glycolipids probably serve for adherence of some pathogens
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Involved in N-acetylglucosaminylphosphatidylinositol de
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Involved in the second step of GPI biosynthesis. De-N-acetylation of N-acetylglucosaminyl-phosphatidylinositol.
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Involved in hydrolase activity
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Converts sphingomyelin to ceramide. Also has phospholipase C activities toward 1,2-diacylglycerolphosphocholine and 1,2-diacylglycerolphosphoglycerol. Isoform 2 and isoform 3 have lost catalytic activity.
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Cell wall/membrane/envelope biogenesis
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Catalyzes the first glycosylation step in glycosphingolipid biosynthesis, the transfer of glucose to ceramide. May also serve as a "flippase".
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Involved in galactosyltransferase activity
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Necessary for the biosynthesis of the Pk antigen of blood histogroup P. Catalyzes the transfer of galactose to lactosylceramide and galactosylceramide. Necessary for the synthesis of the receptor for bacterial verotoxins.
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Only showing the first 10 proteins. There are 71 proteins in total.