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Definition of "glycan" [glycan]

  • Any polysaccharide or oligosaccharide, epsecially one that is part of a glycoprotein or glycolipid (noun)

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Use "glycan" in a sentence
  • "The team also showed that as flu viruses circulate, they develop a kind of shield called a glycan that protects them from the body's immune system."
  • "We show that the murine GlcNAcT-IVa glycosyltransferase is required for Glut-2 residency on the β cell surface by constructing a cell-type- and glycoprotein-specific N-glycan ligand for pancreatic lectin receptors."
  • "Loss of GlcNAcT-IVa, or the addition of glycan-ligand mimetics, attenuates Glut-2 cell-surface half-life, provoking endocytosis with redistribution into endosomes and lysosomes."