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Dissolution of polysaccharides

  1. Jun 2, 2017 #1
    I would like to understand more about the mechanism of polysaccharide dissolution in a solvent that which it is soluble in. Do they maintain polymeric structure (glycosidic bonds) and only lose side-chain bonding (H-bond) among each other? Or are will their glycosidic bonds be compromised resulting in individual monomers dissolving in the solution?

    Or does this question even make sense? The real reason why I asked this question is that I just want to know what form the hemicellulose xylan takes when dissolved in water.

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  3. Jun 2, 2017 #2


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    Usually dissolving polysacharides in water will only break hydrogen-bonding between macromolecules. The glycosidic bonds should be maintained intact. These bonds are fairly resistant to hydrolysis at room temperature and neutral pH.
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