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D‐erythro‐2‐amino‐1,3‐octadecanediol; d‐erythro‐dihydrosphingosine; the metabolic precursor of sphingosine. It is formed from palmitoyl‐CoA and serine by the action of serine C‐palmitoyltransferase, which forms 3‐dehydro‐d‐sphinganine, which is then reduced to sphinganine by 3‐dehydrosphinganine reductase, EC See also sphingolipids, sphingoid.


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