Biosynthesis and Function of Extracellular Glycans in Cyanobacteria
AbstractThe cell surface of cyanobacteria is covered with glycans that confer versatility and adaptability to a multitude of environmental factors. The complex carbohydrates act as barriers against different types of stress and play a role in intra- as well as inter-species interactions. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge of the chemical composition, biosynthesis and biological function of exo- and lipo-polysaccharides from cyanobacteria and give an overview of sugar-binding lectins characterized from cyanobacteria. We discuss similarities with well-studied enterobacterial systems and highlight the unique features of cyanobacteria. We pay special attention to colony formation and EPS biosynthesis in the bloom-forming cyanobacterium, Microcystis aeruginosa. View Full-Text
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Kehr, J.-C.; Dittmann, E. Biosynthesis and Function of Extracellular Glycans in Cyanobacteria. Life 2015, 5, 164-180.
Kehr J-C, Dittmann E. Biosynthesis and Function of Extracellular Glycans in Cyanobacteria. Life. 2015; 5(1):164-180.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kehr, Jan-Christoph; Dittmann, Elke. 2015. "Biosynthesis and Function of Extracellular Glycans in Cyanobacteria." Life 5, no. 1: 164-180.