Molecular interactions of plant and algal polysaccharides

Williams, Peter A (2009) Molecular interactions of plant and algal polysaccharides.


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This paper gives an overview of the interaction in solution of certain plant and algal polysaccharides with cations and also of their interaction in admixture with other polysaccharides and proteins. The mechanism of gelation of pectin and alginate in the presence of calcium ions is discussed together with the specific binding of potassium ions to kappa carrageenan and its influence on the coli-helix transition. The associative and segregative phase behaviour that is encountered in aqueous solutions of mixed polysaccharide systems is considered together with the formation of soluble and insoluble complexes in mixtures of polysaccharides and proteins.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Springer This version of the article is the authors final draft post-refereeing. The article was published in the Journal of Structural Chemistry published by Springer in 2009. The original publication is available at
Keywords: Alginate, pectin, carrageenan, gelation, molecular association, phase separation, polysaccharide-protein complexes
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:06

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