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The Sugar Code: Fundamentals of Glycosciences

ISBN: 978-3-527-64494-0
597 pages
September 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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A reader friendly overview of the structure and functional relevance of natural glycosylation and its cognate proteins (lectins), this book is also one of the few books to cover their role in health and disease. Edited by one of the pioneering experts in the field and written by a team of renowned researchers this resource is a perfect introduction for all students in life and medical sciences, biochemistry, chemistry and pharmacy.
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Table of Contents

The Biochemical Basis and Coding Capacity of the Sugar Code (Rudiger, Gabius)
Three-dimensional Aspects of the Sugar Code (Kozar, Andre, Ulicny, Gabius)
The Chemist's Way to Synthesize Glycosides (Oscarson)
The Chemist's Way to Prepare Multivalency (Chabre, Roy)
Analytical Aspects: The Analysis of Protein-Bound Glycans (Nakagawa)
N-Glycosylation (Zuber, Roth)
O-Glycosylation: Structural Diversity and Functions (Patsos, Corfield)
Glycosylation of Model and "Lower" Organisms (Wilson, Paschinger, Rendic)
Glycosylphosphatidylinositol Anchors: Structure, Biosynthesis and Functions (Shams-Eldin, Debierre-Grockiego, Schwarz)
Glycolipids (Kopitz)
Proteoglycans (Buddecke)
Chitin (Merzendorfer)
Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions: Basic Concepts and Methods for Analysis (Solis, Romero, Menendez, Jimenez-Barbero)
How to Determine Specificity: From Lectin Profiling to Glycan Mapping and Arrays (Tateno, Kuno, Hirabayashi)
The History of Lectinology (Rudiger, Gabius)
Ca2+: Mastermind and Active Player for Lectin Activity (Including a Gallery of Lectin Folds) (Gabius)
Bacterial and Viral Lectins (Holgersson, Gustafsson, Gaunitz)
Plant Lectins (Rudiger, Gabius)
Animal and Human Lectins (Gabius)
Routes in Lectin Evolution: Case Study on the C-Type Lectin-Like Domains (Gready, Zelensky)
Carbohydrate-Carbohydrate Interactions (Bucior, Burger, Fernandez-Busquets)
Diseases of Glycosylation (Hennet)
Animal Models to Delineate Glycan Functionality (Honke, Taniguchi)
Glycobiology of Fertilization and Early Embryonic Development (Habermann, Sinowatz)
Glycans as Functional Markers in Malignancy? (Andre, Kopitz, Kaltner, Villalobo, Gabius)
Small is Beautiful: Mini-Lectins in Host Defense (Lehrer)
Inflammation and Glycosciences (Schwartz-Albiez)
Sugars as Pharmaceuticals (Osborn, Turkson)
Platelet Glycoproteins as Lectins in Hematology (Hoffmeister, Falet)
Neurobiology meets Glycosciences (Ledeen, Wu)

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Author Information

Hans-Joachim Gabius obtained his Ph.D. in 1982 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine in Gottingen. After doing post-doctoral research from 1984-1985 in the group of S. H. Barondes at the UC San Diego, he was appointed first as assistant professor for biochemistry at the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine in Gottingen (1987) and then as associate professor for pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Marburg (1991). Since 1993 he is heading the Institute for Physiological Chemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Munich. Prof. Gabius received numerous research awards including the Otto-Hahn-Medal (1983), the Award of the Dr. Carl-Duisberg-Foundation (1988) and the Award of the Paul-Martini-Foundation (1990). His research interests are focused on chemical, biophysical and biochemical analysis of protein - carbohydrate interactions with biomedical relevance, such as the development of glycoscientific strategies for tumor diagnosis and therapy and the elucidation of functions of mammalian lectins. His research led to a prominent placement in the ISI ranking of highly cited papers in 1998.
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“In summary, this ambitious book is a must-have for every library collection on carbohydrates and a great resource for chemistry and biology students curious for an entry into the rapidly growing area of glycosciences. The decoding process has just begun.” (ChemBioChem, 2010)
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Companion Website Click here to find files for lectures and tutorials. All figures (incl. legends) are presented in an easy to use, student-friendly format.
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