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A ceramide (GalC) that has a galactose residue at the 1-hydroxyl moiety. It is the major glycolipid in myelin and is a cell-surface marker for oligodendrocytes. Galactocerebrosides can accumulate if there is a defect in β-galactosidase, the cause of galactosylceramide lipidosis or globoid cell leukodystrophy.

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