Some Aspects of the Macromolecular Chemistry of Carbohydrate Polymers

  • Vittorio Crescenzi


Saccharides occur everywhere as simple sugars involved in energy metabolism, as polymers which perform specialized tasks for our life or which contribute to extracellular support in plants, microorganisms and animals, as well as components associated with species of great biological importance, as for example, nucleic acids, many enzymes, antibodies, hormones, membrane proteins and lipids. As a logical consequence, research on carbohydrates is particularly active. This is true not only from a purely fundamental standpoint but, especially considering carbohydrate polymers, also from an applied point of view in as much as many natural polysaccharides (and their derivatives) find a number of technological applications, not to mention biomass utilization.


Dextran Sulfate Carbohydrate Polymer Macromolecular Chemistry Guluronic Acid Regular Chain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vittorio Crescenzi
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  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryUniversity of RomeRomeItaly

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