Lipids and Polysaccharides in Biology

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Produced in 1980 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet looks at lipids and polysaccharides. These molecules are not only used for storage and structure but also play important roles in cell membranes and communication.

The relationship between chemical structure and biological role is emphasized, as the informational role of cell surface polysaccharides, the water-trapping role of gums and mucins and the distributive role of serum lipoproteins and bile salts.

The booklet contains sections that include:
* What are lipids and polysaccharides?
* Biological role
* Structure and properties of macromolecules
* Food storage polysaccharides
* Fibrous polysaccharides
* Water-trapping molecules in biology
* Sugars as informational molecules
* Lipid building blocks and higher order structure
* Structure and function of membranes

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