Special Issue "Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions, and Beyond"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Metabolites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2015

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Els Van Damme
Ghent University, Belgium
Website: http://www.molecularbiotechnology.ugent.be/group-research-5.html
E-Mail: elsjm.vandamme@ugent.be
Interests: lectins; carbohydrate-binding proteins; protein-carbohydrate interactions; carbohydrate recognition; glycosylation; biological activity; ribosome inactivating proteins; toxin domain; physiological importance; defense and immunity; stress proteins; glycobiology

Guest Editor
Dr. Kristof De Schutter
Ghent University, Belgium
E-Mail: kristof.deschutter@ugent.be
Interests: lectins; carbohydrate-binding proteins; protein-carbohydrate interactions; carbohydrate recognition; glycosylation; glycosylation engineering; cellular localization; cell biological function; stress response; pharmaceutical protein production; yeast engineering, cell cycle; DNA stress; genomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of Molecules is dedicated to Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions. In recent years, it has been clearly established that protein-carbohydrate interactions underlie many important biological events. Carbohydrate chains of glycoproteins, glycolipids, proteoglycans, and polysaccharides mediate a multitude of biological processes through their interactions with carbohydrate-recognizing and binding proteins. The importance of protein carbohydrate recognition has been validated with the consolidation of the field of glycobiology.

In animal systems, numerous regulatory programs have been deciphered, demonstrating that carbohydrate-binding proteins contribute to cellular signalling through interaction with specific N- and O-glycans present on their interacting partners. Although much less information is available with respect to the importance of protein-carbohydrate recognition in other kingdoms of life, these interactions are clearly of the utmost importance for defence reactions, stress signalling, growth, and development. The specific recognition between a protein and a carbohydrate is often only a first step in a sequence of events. This Special Issue will concentrate on protein-carbohydrate interactions and their biological significance. We encourage authors to submit research papers and comprehensive reviews for this Special Issue, and hope that the topics covered will enlighten the fascinating world of glycobiology.

Prof. Dr. Els Van Damme
Dr. Kristof De Schutter
Guest Editors


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Last update: 10 July 2014

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