Targeting Chitin-containing Organisms

  • Qing Yang
  • Tamo Fukamizo

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1142)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Qing Yang, Tamo Fukamizo
    Pages 1-4
  3. Bernard Moussian
    Pages 5-18
  4. Lea Steinfeld, Ali Vafaei, Janin Rösner, Hans Merzendorfer
    Pages 19-59
  5. Xi Jiang, Han Bao, Hans Merzendorfer, Qing Yang
    Pages 61-81
  6. Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Hans Merzendorfer, Yasuyuki Arakane, Qing Yang
    Pages 83-114
  7. Gaston Courtade, Finn L. Aachmann
    Pages 115-129
  8. Takafumi Itoh, Hisashi Kimoto
    Pages 131-151
  9. Jinkui Yang, Ke-Qin Zhang
    Pages 153-167
  10. Xiaojian Liu, Jianzhen Zhang, Kun Yan Zhu
    Pages 169-207
  11. Qi Chen, Deliang Peng
    Pages 209-219
  12. Ashutosh Kumar, Kam Y. J. Zhang
    Pages 221-251
  13. Guillaume Tetreau, Ping Wang
    Pages 273-292

About this book



This book provides a comprehensive overview of chitin biology and chitin metabolism related enzymes. Chitin, the second most abundant biopolymer in nature after to cellulose, is a linear biopolymer composed of β-1,4-linked N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), and an essential component in the exoskeletons of insects, mites, ticks and crustaceans, the egg shells of parasitic nematodes, and fungal cell walls. Although some chitin-containing organisms are a threat to human health, food safety and agricultural production, non-chitin containing organisms like humans, mammals and plants have an innate immune response to these hazardous organisms. The book provides researchers and students with information on the recent research advances concerning the biology of chitin-containing organisms as well as cross-talks between chitin-containing and non-chitin-containing organisms. Highlighting chitin remodeling enzymes and inhibitors, it also offers drug developers essential insights into designing specific molecules for the control of hazardous chitin-containing organisms.



Glycosyltransferase chitinase hexasaminidase deacetylase oxidative lytic enzyme

Editors and affiliations

  • Qing Yang
    • 1
  • Tamo Fukamizo
    • 2
  1. 1.State Laboratory of Biology for Plant Diseases and Insect PestsInstitute of Plant Protection at Chinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Biochemistry−Electrochemistry Research Unit, Institute of ScienceSuranaree University of TechnologyNakhon RatchasimaThailand

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