homopolysaccharide


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homopolysaccharide

/ho·mo·poly·sac·cha·ride/ (-pol″e-sak´ah-rīd) a polysaccharide consisting of a single recurring monosaccharide unit.
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It is a linear homopolysaccharide composed of [alpha]-1,6 and [alpha]-1,4 maltotriose units.
Lentinan is a high molecular weight (about one million) homopolysaccharide in a triple helix structure, with linear chains consisting of (1 [right arrow] 3)-[beta]-D-glucopyranosyl (Glcp) residues with two -linked Glcp branchings for every five [beta]-(1[right arrow] 3)-Glep residues (Aoki, 1984).
The preparation of cellulose and other homopolysaccharides by linking together sugars in a stereospecific manner is in principle possible, but it would be very difficult and tedious.