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Trends Biochem Sci. 1989 Jul;14(7):272-6.

Glycoproteins: what are the sugar chains for?

Abstract

For many glycoproteins, the carbohydrate groups confer important physical properties such as conformational stability, protease resistance, charge and water-binding capacity. Equally important, however, are the roles of carbohydrate groups in biological recognition, where sequence diversity provides signals for protein targeting and cell-cell interactions.

PMID:
2672447
DOI:
10.1016/0968-0004(89)90062-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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