Carbohydrates

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Is the only difference between Starch and Glycogen the linkage at Carbon 6 for Glycogen which causes it to become highly branched?


Starch and glycogen have the same types of linkages: alpha 1,4 glycosidic
linkages between the monomers in the chain, and alpha 1,6 glycosidic linkages
at the branch points. While both have those branches, glycogen has more
branches than does starch. Remember that there are also differences in what
type of organisms they are found in. Starch is in plants and glycogen is found
in animals. Animals need to be able to move which is probably why they have
glycogen, because being more higly branched makes glycogen more compact. I
hope this helps. Good luck with your studies

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