Structure and Properties of Rat Gastrointestinal Mucins
Mucus is a highly hydrated gel which covers the mucosal surfaces of the body and provides a protective barrier against the external environment. The major part (>95%) of mucus is water and the gel matrix is formed by large and complex glycoproteins referred to as the mucus glycoproteins or the mucins, which account for about 0.5–5% of the secretion. In addition, proteins such as secretory IgA, lysozyme, lactoferrin and proteinase inhibitors are often present in the gel.
KeywordsGastric Mucin Mucus Glycoprotein Neutral Oligosaccharide Intestinal Mucin Mucosal Scraping
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