2nd October 2019

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What is the role of carbohydrates in the cell membrane?

Carbohydrates covalently linked to proteins (glycoproteins) or lipids (glycolipids) are also a part of cell membranes, and function as adhesion and address loci for cells. The Fluid Mosaic Model describes membranes as a fluid lipid bilayer with floating proteins and carbohydrates.

What is the use of carbohydrates in cells?

Carbohydrates are: a source of energy for the body e.g. glucose and a store of energy, e.g. starch in plants. building blocks for polysaccharides (giant carbohydrates), e.g. cellulose in plants and glycogen in the human body. components of other molecules eg DNA, RNA, glycolipids, glycoproteins, ATP.
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