Glucan

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A glucan molecule is a polysaccharide of D-glucose monomers linked by glycosidic bonds. The following are glucans:

(The α- and β- and numbers clarify the type of O-glycosidic bond.)

Properties of Glucans include resistance to oral acids, water-insoluble, glucose polymers, and resistance to oral enzymes.

Many beta-glucans are medically important.


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