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Record Information
StatusDetected and Quantified
Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2020-04-22 23:32:13 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB04969
Metabolite Identification
Common NameGlcCer(d18:1/12:0)
DescriptionGlcCer(d18:1/12:0) is a glycosphingolipid (ceramide and oligosaccharide)or oligoglycosylceramide with one or more sialic acids (i.e. n-acetylneuraminic acid) linked on the sugar chain. It is a component the cell plasma membrane which modulates cell signal transduction events. Gangliosides have been found to be highly important in immunology. Ganglioside GL1a carries a net-negative charge at pH 7.0 and is acidic. Gangliosides can amount to 6% of the weight of lipids from brain, but they are found at low levels in all animal tissues.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.
beta-GlcCer (C12)ChEBI
beta-GlcCer (C12:0)ChEBI
C12 beta-GlcCerChEBI
C12-beta-Glucosyl ceramideChEBI
b-GlcCer (C12)Generator
Β-glccer (C12)Generator
b-GlcCer (C12:0)Generator
Β-glccer (C12:0)Generator
C12 b-GlcCerGenerator
C12 Β-glccerGenerator
C12-b-Glucosyl ceramideGenerator
C12-Β-glucosyl ceramideGenerator
Ganglioside GL1aHMDB
Gaucher cerebrosideHMDB
Chemical FormulaC36H69NO8
Average Molecular Weight643.935
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight643.502318189
IUPAC NameN-[(2S,3R,4E)-3-hydroxy-1-{[(2R,3R,4S,5S,6R)-3,4,5-trihydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)oxan-2-yl]oxy}octadec-4-en-2-yl]dodecanamide
Traditional NameN-[(2S,3R,4E)-3-hydroxy-1-{[(2R,3R,4S,5S,6R)-3,4,5-trihydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)oxan-2-yl]oxy}octadec-4-en-2-yl]dodecanamide
CAS Registry NumberNot Available
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
Description belongs to the class of organic compounds known as glycosyl-n-acylsphingosines. Glycosyl-N-acylsphingosines are compounds containing a sphingosine linked to a simple glucosyl moiety.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassLipids and lipid-like molecules
Sub ClassGlycosphingolipids
Direct ParentGlycosyl-N-acylsphingosines
Alternative Parents
  • Glycosyl-n-acylsphingosine
  • Fatty acyl glycoside
  • Fatty acyl glycoside of mono- or disaccharide
  • Alkyl glycoside
  • Hexose monosaccharide
  • Glycosyl compound
  • O-glycosyl compound
  • Fatty amide
  • Fatty acyl
  • Monosaccharide
  • N-acyl-amine
  • Oxane
  • Carboxamide group
  • Secondary carboxylic acid amide
  • Secondary alcohol
  • Acetal
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Oxacycle
  • Organoheterocyclic compound
  • Polyol
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organic oxide
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Alcohol
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organic nitrogen compound
  • Primary alcohol
  • Carbonyl group
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Aliphatic heteromonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic heteromonocyclic compounds
External Descriptors
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Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water Solubility0Not Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility0.0034 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)12.18ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)0.019ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count8ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count6ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area148.71 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count29ChemAxon
Refractivity179.78 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability79.8 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings1ChemAxon
Rule of FiveNoChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleNoChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
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Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane
Biospecimen Locations
  • Blood
Tissue Locations
  • Bone Marrow
  • Brain
  • Liver
  • Neuron
  • Spleen
Normal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified3.6 (2.5-7.2) uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
Abnormal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified4.3 (2.9-5.0) uMAdult (>18 years old)BothObesity details
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease References
  1. Serlie MJ, Meijer AJ, Groener JE, Duran M, Endert E, Fliers E, Aerts JM, Sauerwein HP: Short-term manipulation of plasma free fatty acids does not change skeletal muscle concentrations of ceramide and glucosylceramide in lean and overweight subjects. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Apr;92(4):1524-9. Epub 2007 Jan 30. [PubMed:17264178 ]
Associated OMIM IDs
DrugBank IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FooDB IDFDB023556
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID16744954
KEGG Compound IDC01190
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkNot Available
PubChem Compound20057354
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID76297
Food Biomarker OntologyNot Available
VMH IDNot Available
MarkerDB ID
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
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  2. Hara A, Kitazawa N, Taketomi T: Abnormalities of glycosphingolipids in mucopolysaccharidosis type III B. J Lipid Res. 1984 Feb;25(2):175-84. [PubMed:6423755 ]
  3. Beutler E: Gaucher disease. Blood Rev. 1988 Mar;2(1):59-70. [PubMed:3289655 ]
  4. Kaye EM, Ullman MD, Wilson ER, Barranger JA: Type 2 and type 3 Gaucher disease: a morphological and biochemical study. Ann Neurol. 1986 Aug;20(2):223-30. [PubMed:3752966 ]
  5. Conradi NG, Kalimo H, Sourander P: Reactions of vessel walls and brain parenchyma to the accumulation of Gaucher cells in the Norrbottnian type (type III) of Gaucher disease. Acta Neuropathol. 1988;75(4):385-90. [PubMed:3364161 ]
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  7. Smith RL, Hutchins GM, Sack GH Jr, Ridolfi RL: Unusual cardiac, renal and pulmonary involvement in Gaucher's disease. Intersitial glucocerebroside accumulation, pulmonary hypertension and fatal bone marrow embolization. Am J Med. 1978 Aug;65(2):352-60. [PubMed:686020 ]
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  9. Daniels LB, Coyle PJ, Glew RH, Radin NS, Labow RS: Brain glucocerebrosidase in Gaucher's disease. Arch Neurol. 1982 Sep;39(9):550-6. [PubMed:6810854 ]
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  12. Erickson JS, Radin NS: N-hexyl-O-glucosyl sphingosine, an inhibitor of glucosyl ceramide -glucosidase. J Lipid Res. 1973 Mar;14(2):133-7. [PubMed:4698260 ]
  13. Deguchi H, Bouma BN, Middeldorp S, Lee YM, Griffin JH: Decreased plasma sensitivity to activated protein C by oral contraceptives is associated with decreases in plasma glucosylceramide. J Thromb Haemost. 2005 May;3(5):935-8. [PubMed:15869587 ]
  14. Shoenfeld Y, Gallant LA, Shaklai M, Livni E, Djaldetti M, Pinkhas J: Gaucher's disease: a disease with chronic stimulation of the immune system. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1982 Aug;106(8):388-91. [PubMed:7049116 ]
  15. Ohashi T: [Gene therapy for Gaucher disease]. Nihon Rinsho. 1995 Dec;53(12):3089-94. [PubMed:8577064 ]
  16. Ringden O, Groth CG, Erikson A, Granqvist S, Mansson JE, Sparrelid E: Ten years' experience of bone marrow transplantation for Gaucher disease. Transplantation. 1995 Mar 27;59(6):864-70. [PubMed:7701581 ]
  17. Nilsson O, Mansson JE, Hakansson G, Svennerholm L: The occurrence of psychosine and other glycolipids in spleen and liver from the three major types of Gaucher's disease. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1982 Sep 14;712(3):453-63. [PubMed:7126619 ]
  18. Eto Y, Ida H: [Molecular studies of Gaucher disease]. Rinsho Byori. 1996 Apr;44(4):327-34. [PubMed:8847814 ]
  19. Nishimura RN, Barranger JA: Neurologic complications of Gaucher's disease, type 3. Arch Neurol. 1980 Feb;37(2):92-3. [PubMed:6766716 ]
  20. Naito M, Takahashi K, Hojo H: An ultrastructural and experimental study on the development of tubular structures in the lysosomes of Gaucher cells. Lab Invest. 1988 May;58(5):590-8. [PubMed:3367638 ]
  21. Mariani G, Filocamo M, Giona F, Villa G, Amendola A, Erba P, Buffoni F, Copello F, Pierini A, Minichilli F, Gatti R, Brady RO: Severity of bone marrow involvement in patients with Gaucher's disease evaluated by scintigraphy with 99mTc-sestamibi. J Nucl Med. 2003 Aug;44(8):1253-62. [PubMed:12902415 ]
  22. Soffer D, Yamanaka T, Wenger DA, Suzuki K, Suzuki K: Central nervous system involvement in adult-onset Gaucher's disease. Acta Neuropathol. 1980;49(1):1-6. [PubMed:7355669 ]
  23. Dann K, Althaus C, Kersten A, vom Dahl S, Sundmacher R: [Uveitis masquerade syndrome in Gaucher disease. Causal treatment by alglucerase substitution therapy]. Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 1998 Dec;213(6):358-61. [PubMed:10048015 ]
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  25. Beutler E: Gaucher disease: new molecular approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Science. 1992 May 8;256(5058):794-9. [PubMed:1589760 ]
  26. Owada M, Sakiyama T, Kitagawa T: Neuropathic Gaucher's disease with normal 4-methylumbelliferyl-beta-glucosidase activity in the liver. Pediatr Res. 1977 May;11(5):641-6. [PubMed:870871 ]
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  29. Nilsson O, Svennerholm L: Accumulation of glucosylceramide and glucosylsphingosine (psychosine) in cerebrum and cerebellum in infantile and juvenile Gaucher disease. J Neurochem. 1982 Sep;39(3):709-18. [PubMed:7097276 ]
  30. Liu Y, Suzuki K, Reed JD, Grinberg A, Westphal H, Hoffmann A, Doring T, Sandhoff K, Proia RL: Mice with type 2 and 3 Gaucher disease point mutations generated by a single insertion mutagenesis procedure. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998 Mar 3;95(5):2503-8. [PubMed:9482915 ]
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Only showing the first 10 proteins. There are 63 proteins in total.


General function:
Involved in galactosylceramidase activity
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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 hydrolase activity, hydrolyzing O-glycosyl compounds
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LPH splits lactose in the small intestine.
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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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Involved in hydrolase activity, hydrolyzing O-glycosyl compounds
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Cleaves beta-linked terminal galactosyl residues from gangliosides, glycoproteins, and glycosaminoglycans. Isoform 2 has no beta-galactosidase catalytic activity, but plays functional roles in the formation of extracellular elastic fibers (elastogenesis) and in the development of connective tissue. Seems to be identical to the elastin-binding protein (EBP), a major component of the non-integrin cell surface receptor expressed on fibroblasts, smooth muscle cells, chondroblasts, leukocytes, and certain cancer cell types. In elastin producing cells, associates with tropoelastin intracellularly and functions as a recycling molecular chaperone which facilitates the secretions of tropoelastin and its assembly into elastic fibers.
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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 phosphatidylinositol N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase activity
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Part of the complex catalyzing the transfer of N-acetylglucosamine from UDP-N-acetylglucosamine to phosphatidylinositol, the first step of GPI biosynthesis.
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Involved in biosynthetic process
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Necessary for the synthesis of N-acetylglucosaminyl-phosphatidylinositol, the very early intermediate in GPI-anchor biosynthesis.
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Involved in phosphatidylinositol N-acetylglucosaminyltr
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Part of the complex catalyzing the transfer of N-acetylglucosamine from UDP-N-acetylglucosamine to phosphatidylinositol, the first step of GPI biosynthesis.
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Only showing the first 10 proteins. There are 63 proteins in total.