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Life 2015, 5(1), 164-180;

Biosynthesis and Function of Extracellular Glycans in Cyanobacteria

University of Potsdam, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, Department of Microbiology, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24/25, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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Academic Editors: John C. Meeks and Robert Haselkorn
Received: 14 November 2014 / Accepted: 1 January 2015 / Published: 12 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyanobacteria: Ecology, Physiology and Genetics)
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The 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
Keywords: cyanobacteria; exopolysaccharides; lipopolysaccharides; colony formation cyanobacteria; exopolysaccharides; lipopolysaccharides; colony formation

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Kehr, J.-C.; Dittmann, E. Biosynthesis and Function of Extracellular Glycans in Cyanobacteria. Life 2015, 5, 164-180.

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