We investigate the structure, functions and biosynthesis of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), sulfated polysaccharides with high biological activities. Although sulfated GAGs are abundant in the animal kingdom, their presence in the vegetable world has never been reported. GAGs play important roles in cell proliferation, differentiation, cell-cell adhesion, and anticoagulation. In our laboratory, the physiological roles of these sulfated polysaccharides as well as the relationship between these sulfated polysaccharides and various diseases are investigated. The following projects are currently in progress.
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GlycoPOD (GlycoScience Protocol Online Database)