FATTY ACIDS, ALCOHOLS OR AMINO ALCOHOLS
A great number of simple glycolipids are found in bacteria, yeasts and in lower organisms (sponges). These compounds are composed of a glycosyl moiety (one or several units) linked to one hydroxyl group of a fatty alcohol or of a phosphorylated alcohol (phosphoprenols), a hydroxy fatty acid or to one carboxyl group of a fatty acid (ester linkage) or to an amino alcohol. These compounds frequently possess interesting physical or biological properties. Some of them are industrially produced for their detergent properties (alkyl glycosides).
Glycosides of fatty acids
Glycosides of fatty alcohols
Glycosides of amino