AskDefine | Define laminarin

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Noun

  1. A glucan produced by some brown algae

Extensive Definition

Laminarin (also known as laminaran) is a storage glucan (a polysaccharide of glucose) of brown algae. It is created by photosynthesis and is made up of β(1→3)-glucan with β(1→6)-linkages. It is a linear polysaccharide, with a β(1→3):β(1→6) ratio of 3:1.

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laminarin in German: Laminarin
laminarin in Japanese: ラミナラン
laminarin in Polish: Laminaryna
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