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"The Complex World of Polysaccharides" ed. by Desiree Nedra Karunaratne

"The Complex World of Polysaccharides" ed. by Desiree Nedra Karunaratne
ITAe | 2012 | ISBN: 9789535108191 | 647 pages | PDF | 21 MB

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.

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.

Section 1 Sources and Biological Propertiesof Polysaccharides
1 Is Chitosan a New Panacea? Areas of Application
2 Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Glucan Polysaccharides - Occurrence, Separation and Application in Food, Feed and Health Industries
3 Mechanisms of O-Antigen Structural Variation of Bacterial Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)
4 Exopolysaccharide Biosynthesis in Rhizobium leguminosarum: From Genes to Functions
5 Capsular Polysaccharides Produced by the Bacterial Pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei
6 Polysaccharides from Larch Biomass
7 Antiviral Levans from Bacillus spp. Isolated from Honey
8 Lichen Polysaccharides
Section 2 Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Polysaccharides
9 The Molecular Structure and Conformational Dynamics of Chitosan Polymers: An Integrated Perspective from Experiments and Computational Simulations
10 Concept of Template Synthesis of Proteoglycans
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
12 Diatom Polysaccharides: Extracellular Production, Isolation and Molecular Characterization
13 Exopolysaccharides of the Biofilm Matrix: A Complex Biophysical World
Section 3 Applications in the Food Industry
14 Polysaccharide-Protein Interactions and Their Relevance in Food Colloids
15 Chitosan: A Bioactive Polysaccharide in Marine-Based Foods
16 Polysaccharides as Carriers and Protectors of Additives and Bioactive Compounds in Foods
17 Dietary Fiber and Availability of Nutrients: A Case Study on Yoghurt as a Food Model
18 Plant Biotechnology for the Development of Design Starches
Section 4 Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry
19 Bioactive Polysaccharides of American Ginseng Panax quinquefolius L. in Modulation of Immune Function: Phytochemical and Pharmacological Characterization
20 Polysaccharides from Red Algae: Genesis of a Renaissance
21 1,3-b-Glucans: Drug Delivery and Pharmacology
22 Complexes of Polysaccharides and Glycyrrhizic Acid with Drug Molecules - Mechanochemical Synthesis and Pharmacological Activity
23 The Chitosan as Dietary Fiber: An in vitro Comparative Study of Interactions with Drug and Nutritional Substances
24 The Future of Synthetic Carbohydrate Vaccines: Immunological Studies on Streptococcus pneumoniae Type 14
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