How Does Glycosylation Effect Me?
Glycosylation is the process or result of the addition of saccharides to proteins and lipids.
Many proteins that are critical to normal cell physiology are glycosylated, meaning they have sugars attached.
Variations in their Glycosylation pattern often lead to changes in there function.
The many toxins and chemicals in our every day life, along with the huge amount of processed foods we eat may break down the sugars on our cells. This may lead to poor cell to cell communication, which could lead to disease.
Many researchers around the world are doing extensive studies on determining the structure and content of glycoproteins and glycolipids found on the surface of cells. Some of these studies involve the the association between glycosylation and immune complex formation in various disease groups.
There are various mechanisms for Glycosylation:
- Glycosylation is a Enzymatic process
- The Donor Molecule is an activated nucleotide sugar
- The process is Site Specific
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