Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is a class of glycosaminoglycans that are covalently linked to proteins. Chondroitin sulfate is widely distributed in the extracellular matrix and cell surface of animal tissues. The sugar chain is composed of alternating glucuronic acid and N-acetylgalactosamine disaccharide units. The linker region is attached to a serine residue of the core protein.
Chondroitin sulfate exists in all organisms from nematodes to humans except plants, and performs many important physiological functions. Although the main chain structure of the polysaccharide is not complex, it exhibits a high degree of heterogeneity in terms of the degree of sulfation, the distribution of the sulfate groups and the re-chain of the two differential isomerized uronic acids. The fine structure of chondroitin sulfate determines the specificity of function and interaction with various protein molecules. Due to its water-soluble and in vivo degradable characteristics, it has great potential in clinical treatment and tissue engineering. Fluorescent Chondroitin Sulfates is a fluorescently labeled polysaccharide polymer. This fluorescent label is beneficial to the tracking and research of chondroitin sulfates in vivo.
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