Description

The book presents a comprehensive, systematic and authoritative survey of information about a family of chemically related, but functionally diverse, naturally occurring polysaccharides--the (1-3)-glucans. International contributors describe the chemical and physicochemical properties of these glucans and their derivatives and the molecular biological and structural aspects of the enzymes involved in their formation and breakdown. A detailed analysis of their physiological roles in the various biological situations in which they are found will be provided. Additionally, evolutionary relationships among the family of these glucans will be described.

Key Features

* Topics of medical relevance include detailing the glucans' interactions with the immune system and research for cancer therapy applications * Web resource links allow scientists to explore additional beta glucan research * Separate indexes divided into Species and Subject for enhanced searchability

Readership

Plant physiologists & cell biologists, enzymologists, pollysaccharide chemists, immuno-chemists, immunologists, alternative cancer therapy researchers

Details

No. of pages:
350
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780123739711
Electronic ISBN:
9780080920542

About the authors

Antony Bacic

Affiliations and Expertise

Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, University of Melbourne, Australia

Geoffrey Fincher

Affiliations and Expertise

Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, University of Adelaide, Australia Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, University of Adelaide, Australia

Bruce Stone

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biochemistry, La Trobe University, Australia [deceased]