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The Complex World of Polysaccharides

Edited by Desiree Nedra Karunaratne

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

The complex world of polysaccharides is a compilation of the characteristics of a variety of polysaccharides from plants, animals and microorganisms. The diversity of these polysaccharides arises from the structural variations and the monosaccharide content which is under genetic control. The chemical and physical properties have made them useful in many pharmaceutical, food and industrial applications. These properties of the polysaccharides determine their biological activity and their function in various applications. The role played by polysaccharides in preservation and protection of food, as carriers of nutrients and drugs, their ability to interact with molecules both for efficient delivery as well as improving textures of food colloids and their use as therapeutics are some of the functions discussed.

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The Complex World of PolysaccharidesEdited by Desiree Nedra Karunaratne

Published: October 31st 2012

DOI: 10.5772/2947

ISBN: 978-953-51-0819-1

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4266-9

Copyright year: 2012

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90697 Total Chapter Downloads

94 Crossref Citations

39 Web of Science Citations

352 Dimensions Citations


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1. Is Chitosan a New Panacea? Areas of Application

By Susana P. Miranda Castro and Eva G. Lizárraga Paulín


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2. Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Glucan Polysaccharides – Occurrence, Separation and Application in Food, Feed and Health Industries

By Stefan Kwiatkowski and Stefan Edgar Kwiatkowski


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3. Mechanisms of O-Antigen Structural Variation of Bacterial Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)

By Rosa Eugenia Reyes, Carolina Romo González, Rafael Coria Jiménez, Maribel Ortiz Herrera and Alejandra Aquino Andrade


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4. Exopolysaccharide Biosynthesis in Rhizobium leguminosarum: From Genes to Functions

By Tanya V. Ivashina and Vladimir N. Ksenzenko


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5. Capsular Polysaccharides Produced by the Bacterial Pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei

By Shauna L. Reckseidler-Zenteno


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6. Polysaccharides from Larch Biomass

By Natalya Nikolaevna Trofimova, Elena Nikolaevna Medvedeva, Nadezhda Viktorovna Ivanova, Yuriy Alekseevich Malkov and Vasiliy Anatolievich Babkin


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7. Antiviral Levans from Bacillus spp. Isolated from Honey

By Mona A. Esawy, Eman F. Ahmed, Wafaa A. Helmy, Nahla M. Mansour, Waled M. El-Senousy and Mounir M. El-Safty


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8. Lichen Polysaccharides

By Desiree Nedra Karunaratne, R.G.U. Jayalal and V. Karunaratne


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9. The Molecular Structure and Conformational Dynamics of Chitosan Polymers: An Integrated Perspective from Experiments and Computational Simulations

By Richard A. Cunha, Thereza A. Soares, Victor H. Rusu, Frederico J.S. Pontes, Eduardo F. Franca and Roberto D. Lins


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10. Concept of Template Synthesis of Proteoglycans

By Aleksandr N. Zimnitskii


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11. Coupled Mass Spectrometric Strategies for the Determination of Carbohydrates at Very Low Concentrations: The Case of Polysaccharides Involved in the Molecular Dialogue Between Plants and Rhizobia

By V. Poinsot, M.A. Carpéné and F. Couderc


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12. Diatom Polysaccharides: Extracellular Production, Isolation and Molecular Characterization

By Ranieri Urbani, Paola Sist, Galja Pletikapić, Tea Mišić Radić, Vesna Svetličić and Vera Žutic


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13. Exopolysaccharides of the Biofilm Matrix: A Complex Biophysical World

By Pierre Lembre, Cécile Lorentz and Patrick Di Martino


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14. Polysaccharide-Protein Interactions and Their Relevance in Food Colloids

By Amit K. Ghosh and Prasun Bandyopadhyay


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15. Chitosan: A Bioactive Polysaccharide in Marine-Based Foods

By Alireza Alishahi


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16. Polysaccharides as Carriers and Protectors of Additives and Bioactive Compounds in Foods

By Rosa M. Raybaudi-Massilia and Jonathan Mosqueda-Melgar


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17. Dietary Fiber and Availability of Nutrients: A Case Study on Yoghurt as a Food Model

By Marina Dello Staffolo, Alicia E. Bevilacqua, María Susana Rodríguez and Liliana Albertengo


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18. Plant Biotechnology for the Development of Design Starches

By María Victoria Busi, Mariana Martín and Diego F. Gomez-Casati


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19. Bioactive Polysaccharides of American Ginseng Panax quinquefolius L. in Modulation of Immune Function: Phytochemical and Pharmacological Characterization

By Edmund M. K. Lui, Chike G. Azike, José A. Guerrero-Analco, Ahmad A. Romeh, Hua Pei, Sherif J. Kaldas, John T. Arnason and Paul A. Charpentier


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20. Polysaccharides from Red Algae: Genesis of a Renaissance

By María Josefina Carlucci, Cecilia Gabriela Mateu, María Carolina Artuso and Luis Alberto Scolaro


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21. 1,3-Beta-Glucans: Drug Delivery and Pharmacology

By Mohit S. Verma and Frank X. Gu


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22. Complexes of Polysaccharides and Glycyrrhizic Acid with Drug Molecules − Mechanochemical Synthesis and Pharmacological Activity

By A. V. Dushkin, T. G. Tolstikova, M. V. Khvostov and G. A. Tolstikov


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23. The Chitosan as Dietary Fiber: An in vitro Comparative Study of Interactions with Drug and Nutritional Substances

By Máira Regina Rodrigues, Alexandre de Souza e Silva and Fábio Vieira Lacerda


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24. The Future of Synthetic Carbohydrate Vaccines: Immunological Studies on Streptococcus pneumoniae Type 14

By Dodi Safari, Ger Rijkers and Harm Snippe


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