Lipids

By Rehan khan and Wesley Viera

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Monomer: Fatty Acid

Polymer: Triglycerides

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Examples

Glycolipids, glycerophospholipids, sphingolipids, sterol lipids, and prenol lipids.

Functional Groups

Glycerol: (H2CO)

Ester: (COOC)

Carboxyl: (COROH)

USES of LIPIDS

Lipids store energy, act as structural components of cell membranes, or acting as important signaling molecules. Lipids are are able to store a large amount of carbohydrates in a small amount of space. They are also used to protect vital organs, and aid vitamin absorption.


How structure allows for function

Tryglicerades can be both solid and liquid at room temperature. When they are solid, they are known as fats, while when they are liquid they are known as oils. When they are fats they are useful for protecting vital organs and other parts of the body.