Carbohydrates: The Sweet Molecules of Life

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This book is on carbohydrates-the essential molecules that give you energy. They are the building blocks of life. This book delivers up-to-date coverage on all aspects of carbohydrate chemistry. The molecules are sometimes sugars, i.e. "sweet," hence the subtitle "The Sweet Molecules of Life."

Carbohydrates first gives the "nuts and bolts" of carbohydrate chemistry, enabling the reader to appreciate the subsequent chapters on protecting groups and the reactions of monosaccharides. (The protecting groups do just that-they are put on the molecules as a temporary measure during one or more reactions to stop the wrong bit of the molecule being changed during that reaction.)

* Introduces the basic chemistry of carbohydrates
* Describes the concepts, protecting groups, and reactions of carbohydrates
* Includes all aspects of the synthesis of the glycosidic linkage
* Gives an introduction to glycobiology and vaccines
* Includes references to carbohydrate literature

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Carbohydrates: The Sweet Molecules of Life delivers up-to-date coverage of all aspects of carbohydrate chemistry. It begins with a lively introduction, interspersed with historical material, and then brings the reader up to speed on the 'nuts and bolts' of carbohydrates, including configuration, conformation and the anomeric effects. Subsequent chapters describe the various protecting groups that enable the many selective transformations within monosaccharides and the multitude of approaches to the synthesis of the glycosidic linkage. The book also provides an introductory treatment of higher saccharides, glycoconjugates and glycobiology and carbohydrate-based vaccines. An appendix gives a very useful summary of the available literature sources.

The book:
· Introduces the basic chemistry of carbohydrates
· Describes the concepts, protecting groups, and reactions of carbohydrates
· Includes all aspects of the synthesis of the glycosidic linkage
· Gives an introduction to glycobiology and vaccines
· Includes references to carbohydrate literature

Carbohydrates is an excellent text for advanced undergraduates and graduates studying carbohydrates. It is also an invaluable reference for researchers, teaching faculty and new entrants into the field.

About the Author:

Robert Stick is a Queenslander by birth and completed his undergraduate and higher degrees at the University of Queensland. Following post-doctoral studies with Ray Lemieux and Sir Derek Barton, he took a faculty position at The University of Western Australia in 1975 and has since spent sabbatical leaves with Bert Fraser-Reid (Duke University), and with Bill Cullen and Steve Withers (both of the University of British Columbia).

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