Glycans (carbohydrates, sugars, monosaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides) are widely distributed in nature, in all living life forms. There is much useful glycoscience content at NCBI, including many publications discussing glycans, chemical records containing glycans, macromolecules containing glycans, biosynthetic pathways involving glycans, proteins and genes involved in glycobiology, diseases involving glycans, and books dedicated to glycoscience. This page, as a dedicated glycan information site in NCBI, highlights some useful resources for better integrating the study of glycans into the mainstream of biology, and will be further developed over time, based on interest and usage by the scientific community.

Symbol Nomenclature for Glycans (SNFG)

Software tools supporting SNFG

Essentials of Glycobiology, 3rd edition - NCBI Book, downloadable figure slides

The Glycan Informatics Advisory Group (GlyAG) (October 2017)

Some External Resources

ExPASy Glycomics Resource Page: A bioinformatic portal for glycomics and glycoproteomics

GlyTouCan: International glycan structure repository, which assigns unique accession numbers to glycan structures, fragments, and monosaccharide compositions

CAZy Database: Describes the sequence-based families of catalytic and carbohydrate-binding modules of enzymes that build or break down glycosidic bonds

MonosaccharideDB: Comprehensive monosaccharide database

Carbohydrate Structure Database: Merged bacterial, and plant & fungal databases

Bacterial Carbohydrate Structure DataBase: Bacterial CSDB contains manually curated prokaryotic carbohydrate data

Plant & Fungal Carbohydrate Structure Database: Plant & Fungal CSDB contains manually curated data on plant & fungal carbohydrates