Latest Research on Polysaccharides: Structure and Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 691

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College of Food Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
Interests: polysaccharides; diabetes mellitus; barley; gastro-intestinal digestion; gut microbiota modulation; structure–functionality relationship
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Dear Colleagues,

Polysaccharides, comprising monosaccharide units joined by glycosidic linkages, are the most abundant macromolecular polymers essential for organism development. Recent investigations have demonstrated that polysaccharides derived from plants, microorganisms, and algae present significant biological and pharmacological activities, including antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory, hypolipidemic, and gut microbiota modulation properties. Consequently, they are widely acknowledged as alternative candidates for disease prevention and health maintenance. The role of polysaccharides is typically evident during gastrointestinal digestion or subsequent colonic fermentation, making it necessary to elucidate their accessibility and impact on microbiota modulation.

Hence, the current Special Issue, titled “Latest Research on Polysaccharides: Structure and Applications”, is designed to assemble cutting-edge research on the innovative preparation, structural characterization, bioaccessibility, bioactivity assessment, and application of polysaccharides. Contributions that establish the correlation between the structure and functionality of polysaccharides are particularly encouraged. We invite researchers to submit original research and review articles highlighting the recent advancements in this field, as they play a crucial role in promoting the advantageous transformation of polysaccharides into functional products.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Polysaccharides.

Dr. Cong Wang
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • polysaccharides
  • preparation method
  • structural characterization
  • bioaccessibility
  • functionality
  • biological and pharmacological properties
  • gut microbiota modulation
  • structure and functionality relationship

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Investigation of Cellulose-Based Materials Applied in Life Sciences Using Laser Light Scattering Methods
by Anca-Giorgiana Grigoras
Polymers 2024, 16(8), 1170; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16081170 - 21 Apr 2024
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This review emphasizes the practical importance of laser light scattering methods for characterizing cellulose and its derivatives. The physicochemical parameters like molecular weights, the radius of gyration, hydrodynamic radius, and conformation will be considered when the reproducibility of polymer behavior in solution is [...] Read more.
This review emphasizes the practical importance of laser light scattering methods for characterizing cellulose and its derivatives. The physicochemical parameters like molecular weights, the radius of gyration, hydrodynamic radius, and conformation will be considered when the reproducibility of polymer behavior in solution is necessary for the subsequent optimization of the property profile of a designed product. Since there are various sources of cellulose, and the methods of cellulose extraction and chemical modification have variable yields, materials with variable molecular weights, and size polydispersity will often result. Later, the molecular masses will influence other physicochemical properties of cellulosic materials, both in solution and solid state. Consequently, the most rigorous determination of these quantities is imperative. In this regard, the following are presented and discussed in this review: the theoretical foundations of the light scattering phenomenon, the evolution of the specific instrumentation and detectors, the development of the detector-coupling techniques which include a light scattering detector, and finally, the importance of the specific parameters of polymers in solution, resulting from the data analysis of light scattering signals. All these aspects are summarized according to the chemical classification of the materials: celluloses, esters of cellulose, co-esters of cellulose, alkyl esters of cellulose, ethers of cellulose, and other heterogeneous cellulose derivatives with applications in life sciences. Full article
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