Carbohydrates

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Can you please explain the difference between branched and unbranched? What makes this property significant and how can you know which one is which with electron microscopy?


Unbranched polymers of glucose will be long, thin fibers under microscopy. Branched polymers have ends of one fiber (called a fibril) covalently linked to a point in another fibril. The consequence of this is that they look like granules under microscopy.

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