Sugar Chains

Decoding the Functions of Glycans

  • Tadashi Suzuki
  • Kazuaki Ohtsubo
  • Naoyuki Taniguchi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Nobuko Hosokawa, Tadashi Suzuki
    Pages 1-20
  3. Morihisa Fujita, Xiao-Dong Gao, Taroh Kinoshita
    Pages 21-34
  4. Masakazu Nagafuku, Jin-ichi Inokuchi
    Pages 35-54
  5. Koichi Furukawa, Yasuyuki Matsumoto, Qing Zhang, Keiko Furukawa
    Pages 55-70
  6. Tadanobu Takahashi, Takashi Suzuki
    Pages 71-93
  7. Tadahisa Mikami, Hiroshi Kitagawa
    Pages 107-126
  8. Reiji Kannagi, Keiichiro Sakuma, Bi-He Cai, Shin-Yi Yu
    Pages 139-158
  9. Taeko Miyagi, Kohta Takahashi, Kazuhiro Shiozaki, Kazunori Yamaguchi
    Pages 159-176
  10. Yasuhide Miyamoto
    Pages 189-207
  11. Kazuaki Ohtsubo
    Pages 209-218
  12. Hiroshi Manya, Tamao Endo
    Pages 235-258
  13. Congxiao Gao, Naoyuki Taniguchi
    Pages 259-266
  14. Wei Gu, Tomohiko Fukuda, Jianguo Gu
    Pages 267-280
  15. Tadanobu Takahashi, Takashi Suzuki
    Pages E1-E1
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 281-288

About this book


This book presents the latest breakthrough results in glycobiology regarding the roles of glycans in relation to quality control and transport of protein, the immune system, viral infection, stem cells, the neural system, and various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, muscular dystrophy, and schizophrenia. Although glycoscience has long been regarded as a very specialized field with no simple analytical method, the recent explosive progress in research continues to provide limitless evidence that glycan chains are the key component in various biological phenomena. Cell surface glycans, for example, change with developmental stages or environmental conditions and thus represent a “face” of the cell that is utilized for identification of iPS and ES cells and as biomarkers in diagnosis or detection of cancer. This book comprises 17 chapters, each of which poses outstanding “glyco-related” questions enabling non-specialists to have a clearer idea about what the future direction for further investigation of glycans in their own research fields will be. Also including basic information to understand the nature of glycans, this title serves as an excellent “textbook” for researchers in diverse research fields who are not familiar with, but nevertheless interested in, glycan chains or sugar chains.


Cancer Ganglioside Glycomics Glycoprotein Immunology Stem cells

Editors and affiliations

  • Tadashi Suzuki
    • 1
  • Kazuaki Ohtsubo
    • 2
  • Naoyuki Taniguchi
    • 3
  1. 1.Glycometabolome Team, Systems Glycobiology Research Group, RIKEN-Max-Planck Joint Research Center for Systems Chemical BiologyRIKEN Global Research ClusterWakoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Analytical Biochemistry, Faculty of Life SciencesKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  3. 3.Disease Glycomics Team, Systems Glycobiology Research Group, RIKEN-Max-Planck Joint Research Center for Systems Chemical BiologyRIKEN Global Research ClusterWakoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-55380-9
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-55381-6
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