X-Ray Diffraction Analyses of Glycosaminoglycans

  • Struther Arnott
  • Alok K. Mitra

Abstract

In a uniaxially oriented fiber of a glycosaminoglycan, the molecules are extended and have symmetrical (usually helical) secondary structures. The long axes of the polymers are more or less parallel. Frequently, the fibers are also polycrystalline with clumps of molecules incorporated into small crystallites, where they make orderly lateral interactions with one another. Although this organization is artificial, its details may help illuminate the state of glycosaminoglycan molecules in solutions and tissues.

Keywords

Hydrate Carbohydrate Polysaccharide Carboxylate Polypeptide 

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© The Humana Press Inc. 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Struther Arnott
    • 1
  • Alok K. Mitra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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