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Lipids, key compounds for the biological system

Lipids, key compounds for the biological system

2 Jul 2024

Lipidsare molecules composed mainly of carbon, hydrogen and, to a lesser extent, oxygen. Additionally, they may contain phosphorus, sulphur, and nitrogen. These substances do not dissolve in water but do dissolve in organic solvents.

Larodan, one of our key lipid brands, specialises in areas such as analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical product development, and food science.

The applications of their lipids range from reference standards in molecular analysis to active ingredients in experiments or products.

Lipids play vital rolesin biological systems. Their main roles can be categorised into several key biological functions:

  1. Lipids are efficient in energy storage: Acylglycerols and cholesterol form solid particles or organelles encapsulated by a phospholipid capsule. Fatty acids released from these structures are used within cells to generate energy.
  2. Lipids are essential components in cell structure and function:Phospholipids, sphingolipids, and cholesterol are major constituents of cell membranes, providing structural integrity and facilitating cellular processes such as signalling and molecular transport.
  3. Lipids play a crucial role in cellular signalling: Certain oxidised fatty acids, sphingolipids, phospholipids, acylglycerols, and sterols act as signalling molecules, regulating various cellular activities and responses.

Some of Larodan's most popular categories include:

Fatty acids




Visit CymitQuimicato discover all available lipids from Larodan, such as acylglycerolsor phospholipids, among others. For more information, consult our support teamat

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