The antigenic properties of erythrocytes and tissue cells, and the serological characteristics of body secretions are based almost exclusively on specific protein or oligosaccharide structures. But whereas proteins are usually thoroughly discussed in chemistry and biochemistry courses, carbohydrates and glycoconjugates are only briefly (and it seems reluctantly) mentioned. A brief survey of the structures and properties of this substance class is therefore appropriate.
KeywordsNeisseria Gonorrhoeae Carbohydrate Chain Oligosaccharide Chain Neuraminic Acid Oligosaccharide Unit
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