Structure Elucidation, Functions and Applications of Polysaccharides

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 211

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School of Food and Biological Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
Interests: biotechnology of edible and medicinal fungi; biosynthesis of functional sugars; technology and equipment for preservation of edible fungi; oil processing and development of value-added products
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Dear Colleagues,

Polysaccharides are essential macromolecules that play significant roles in the growth and survival of all life forms. Polysaccharides including homopolysaccharides (α/β-glucans), heteropolysaccharides and glycoconjugates from plants, bacteria and fungi are gaining  increasing attention since they exhibit a wide range of biological activities, such as anti-tumor, immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anticoagulant, antidiabetic, antiviral, and hypoglycemia activities. Physical and chemical modifications have also had improved effects on their properties. Additionally, rapid developments in genome sequence data, accumulated gene annotation, and molecular genetic strategies have helped researchers to better reveal and understand the biosynthesis pathways of polysaccharides, the enzymes involved in the polysaccharide–biosynthetic pathway, and strategies to realize the over-production of polysaccharides. With these advancements in mind, this Special Issue seeks the latest high-quality, advanced research and knowledge on the structure elucidation, functions and applications of polysaccharides to provide updated references for researchers working on polysaccharides. Any studies presenting progress related to the biosynthesis and metabolic pathways of polysaccharides are also welcome for submission.

Prof. Dr. Fengjie Cui
Guest Editor

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  • polysaccharides
  • structures
  • functions
  • applications
  • biosynthesis
  • pathway

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