- 7.2: Polysaccharides
- Polysaccharides contain many monosaccharides in glycosidic links, and may contain many branches. They serve as either structural components or energy storage molecules. Polysaccharides consisting of single monosaccharides are homopolymers. Among the most common are starch, glycogen, dextran, cellulose and chitin. We'll discuss these grouped together based on whether the acetal link is alpha or beta.
Thumbnail: Cellulose molecular structure (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported; Pintor4257 via Wikipedia)