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Glycomics

Description

N-Acetylglucosamine, or GlcNAc is a monosaccharide derivative of glucose.

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Discussion

Chitin is a polymer that consists of glucose derivatives: N-acetyl glucosamine units connected by 1 > 4 linkages. It is only exceptionally found in plants, like in some algae (see theme 44) but it is the main structural component of the cell walls of most fungi.

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