Latest Glycomics Stories
Sugar molecules coat every cell in our bodies and play critical roles in development and disease, yet the components of these "glycans" have been difficult for scientists to study, because of their complexity.
The glycome, encompassing all of the complex sugars produced by an organism, is comprised of multiple families of molecules whose function in the human body is often determined by the structure, composition, and placement of the attached sugars, as explored in a comprehensive look at the field of glycomics in a group of key articles in OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology.
Scientists are turning to a decades-old technique to better understand the physical effects of compression on macromolecules and how it might impact their research in proteomics, mass spectrometry, protein extraction, and tissue investigations.
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have successfully attached imaging probes to glycans â€“ the sugar molecules that are abundant on the surfaces of living cells â€“ in the embryos of zebrafish less than seven hours after fertilization.
Scientists some years back found ways to automate the production of DNA and proteins, making studies of these essential components of life far easier.
For the first time, the widely used molecular synthesis technique known as click chemistry has been safely applied to a living organism.
Scientists at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) have discovered that specialized complex sugar molecules (glycans) that anchor cells into place act as tumor suppressors in breast and prostate cancers.
German scientists say they have created an automated carbohydrate synthesizer that can create carbohydrate molecules within only a few hours. Professor Peter Seeberger of the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany, and the Free University of Berlin described the synthesizer in Salt Lake City this week during a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Our automated synthesizer is now the fastest method to make complex carbohydrates, said Seeberger, principal...
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