Prepared by Meeyoung Park, Anu Koppikar, Rebecca Lee, Akemi Suzuki, Kristine Uyesugi, Jeff Wang, May Dongmei Wang & Alfred H. Merrill, Jr.
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Georgia Institute of Technology
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SphinGOMAP© is an evolving pathway map for sphingolipid biosynthesis that includes many of the known sphingolipids and glycosphingolipids arranged according to their biosynthetic origin(s) [1-4].

Although SphinGOMAP© uses an abbreviated annotation suggested by the Lipid Maps [5] and Functional Glycomics [6] Consortia, it displays ~450 compounds and is most easily viewed when printed full size (as a 36“ x 54“ poster) or “map” of ca 0.5 x 1 m. To download SphinGOMAP©, use one of the links on this page. Please cite this webpage or published descriptions of SphinGOMAP (to be listed on this site when available) when you use any portion in presentations or publications.

It is hoped that SphinGOMAP© will promote dialog about the “knowns” and “unknowns” of sphingolipid biosynthesis and lead to experiments to refine this model. Please notify us if you discover errors or omissions .

SphinGOMAP© has been created with support from the Lipid Maps Consortium (NIH grant GM069338), the Smithgall Institute Chair in Molecular Cell Biology and the Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience at Georgia Tech, and the NCRR Integrated Technology Resource for Biomedical Glycomics at the University of Georgia (NIH grant PA-02-132).

What does it look like? Click here for a basic layout.


A general introduction to sphingolipid structure, function, metabolism and tools to study sphingolipids presented at Experimental Biology 2007.

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SphinGOMAP© Release 1.4 (7.29.07)

Full files:
Powerpoint, .ppt (2 MB)
PDF, .pdf (650 KB)

Compressed file (.zip):
Powerpoint, .ppt (650 KB)
PDF, .pdf (600 KB)

Comments & annotations file:
Excel file, .xls (120 KB)

SphinGOMAP© Release 2.0 (10.15.07)

Full files:


Cer, Gala, Globs, and Isoglobs


Cer, Gala, Globs, and Isoglobs

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Disclaimer: SphinGOMAP© has been created using information from published literature and diverse other sources, therefore, the creators are unable to ensure the accuracy of, nor assume responsibility for, all of the information it contains. SphinGOMAP© is subject to change based on new findings and user input.