A storage polysaccharide commonly found in mammals?
Glycogen, which occurs in large amounts in the liver.
A common polysaccharide found in plants would be starch. Starch is made up of roughly 20% amylose and 80% amylopectin which both have a very similar structure except amylopectin is made up of much larger molecules. It is the energy storage system like batteries. Another very common polysaccharide is cellulose. This is the main structural material. All of these molecules are made up of glucose molecules bonded together. In starch the bonds are alpha while…
They're called polysaccharides and they exhibit a great diversity of form and composition. Examples include amylopectin and amylose found as starch in plants and glycogen found in animals all used for secondary energy storage. Together with cellulose, which is also a polysaccharide, these are the most common polysaccharides but there are many others.
Chitin is a polysaccharide (polymer of sugar [saccharide], monomers) that is found in the exoskeletons of arthropods (insects, crabs, lobsters, shrimp), mollusks, and in the beaks of cephalopods (squid and octopus). It is also found in the cell walls of fungi. Unlike glycogen and starch, which are used for energy storage, chitin is primarily used as a structural component, strengthening exoskeletons, shells, and cell walls. Chitin is a polysaccharide that helps to strengthen the cell…
Polysaccharide are large numbers of carbohydrates found in or made by living organisms and microbes. They are large, complex molecules of hundreds to thousands of glucose molecules bonded together in ong long chainlike molecule. Polysaccharide is a polymeric carbohydrate structure. Is is structures that repeat units.
The Merriam Dictionary on line is a good place to find out information about Polysaccharide. A person will find the definition of Polysaccharide, the origin and the medical definition. Click on Britannica Encyclopedia half way down the same page and more information will be found about Polsaccharide.
Amyloplast (Starch Grain): A membrane-bound organelle containing concentric layers of starch (amylopectin). This organelle is commonly found in subterranean storage organs, such as tubers (potatoes), corms (taro & dasheen), and storage roots (sweet potatoes). Amyloplasts are also found in bananas and other fruits. So Basically it makes and stores starch. Hope this helps
Chitin A polysaccharide found abundantly in nature. Chitin forms the basis of the hard shells of crustaceans, such as the crab, lobster, and shrimp. The exoskeleton of insects is also chitinous, and the cell walls of certain fungi contain this substance. For the source and more detailed information concerning this subject, click on the related links section (Answers.com) indicated below.