Glucans: Structure, Properties and Functions

  • Irfan Ahmad University of Lahore, Lahore
Keywords: Glucans, Structure, Properties, Functions


Glucans are probably the most abundant carbohydrate in biology. Most bacteria, cells, yeasts and other living things form the cell wall. Some prepare phrases. All glucose consists of one type of repetitive monosaccharide: glucose. However, they can be found in a variety of forms and with many functions. The name originates from the Greek word "glykys", which means "sweet." Some textbooks refer to glucose as the nail cellulosic polymer made up of glucose molecules that bind to β 1-3 bonds. (When called "non-cellulosic", which are part of the cell wall of plants are excluded from this group). However, all polysaccharides containing glucose, including those that make up the cell wall of plants, can be classified as glucose. Many glucose was included in the first compounds that were isolated from various life forms to study their physiological effects, especially on mammalian immune systems.