Biology as Poetry: Biochemistry

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Glycosidic Linkage (Glycosidic Bond)

Name given to the product of dehydration synthesis that chemically attaches monosaccharide moieties to produce disaccharides, trisacchardes, and polysaccharides.

In addition to joining together carbohydrates, glycosidic linkages can also covalently attach non-carbohydrate moieties to carbohydrates.

The actual glycosidic bond involves the carbon to which the carbonyl group is attached in the non-ring form of the monosaccharide, known as a hemiacetal group in the ring form, that is, the C' in HO-C'-O-C.

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