Sugar Hydrogels as Biosensors (21.6.2013)

Sugar Hydrogels as Biosensors (21.6.2013)

Carbohydrates are not merely a source of our nutrition. Many sugars are bioactive in that their structure contains molecular information that is recognized by cell receptors to control various important biological functions, such as cell signaling and immune response. Therefore, the synthesis of complex sugars containing the “right” information and understanding their biomolecular interactions is crucial to the advances in biomedicine and related areas.

Sugar hydrogels as biosensors

Carbohydrates are not merely a source of our nutrition. Many sugars are bioactive in that their structure contains molecular information that is recognized by cell receptors to control various important biological functions, such as cell signaling and immune response. Therefore, the synthesis of complex sugars containing the “right” information and understanding their biomolecular interactions is crucial to the advances in biomedicine and related areas.

 
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