Monday, January 31, 2011

What is amino sugars

A family of nitrogen-containing sugars. Cells attach NITROGEN to the simple sugars GLUCOSE and GALACTOSE to produce GLUCOSAMINE and galactosamine, respectively. These and similar amino sugars are used to produce carbohydratecontaining proteins (GLYCOPROTEINS) that coat cell surfaces, and for structural materials (MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDES) that help form the matrix of cartilage for ligaments and joints.

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