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Symbol Nomenclature of Glycan Structures

The symbol nomenclature is based on criteria defined by editors of the textbook 'Essentials of Glycobiology' and have to be convenient for the annotation of mass spectra. Reference

Text Nomenclature of Glycan Structures

The text nomenclature comprises the anomeric carbon next to the correct abbreviation of the corresponding glycan. Reference


The glycome is the entire complement of sugars, whether free or present in more complex molecules, of an organism.


Glycomics is the study of the role of carbohydrates & carbohydrate-containing biomolecules in biological systems.

Strain-Promoted Alkyne Azide Cycloaddition (SPAAC)

Copper-free bioorthogonal cycloaddition of a cyclooctyne with an organic azide, leading to the formation of a stable 1,2,3-triazole. Among other applications, SPAAC is used for the detection of biomolecules, e.g. sialic acids. Reference

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