Fucoidans and fucoidanases—focus on techniques for molecular structure elucidation and modification of marine polysaccharides
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- Holtkamp, A.D., Kelly, S., Ulber, R. et al. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2009) 82: 1. doi:10.1007/s00253-008-1790-x
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The research field of fucoidans (sulphated polysaccharides from algae) and fucoidanases was strongly developing in recent years. Several different fucoidans and a few fucoidan-degrading enzymes were isolated and characterised. A high potential is seen in the medical exploitation of the fucoidans and its degradation products. This review gives an overview about the research of the last 5 years concerning fucoidan characterisation and application as well as enzyme detection, characterisation and production.