MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Subject: How do Chitin molecules link together?

Date: Tue Nov 16 13:13:37 1999
Posted by Brad Kelley
Grade level: grad (science) School: Colorado State
City: Fort Collins State/Province: CO Country: USA
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 942776017.Bc

I'm having troubles finding a description or picture of how chitin 
molecules bind together to form the exoskeletons of arthropods, 
crustaceans, etc.  I have found a couple of cool pictures of the chitin 
molecule itself, but no images of how they link.  My biology book has a 
long description of how glucose forms either cellulose or starch depending 
on if it is an alpha or beta configuration, and how they link up to form 3D 
structures.  But it just shows a picture of the chitin molecule and 
completely blows of any 3D structure description.  It is not really for any 
purpose, I'm just very curious.  Thanks for your help in advance.

Re: How do Chitin molecules link together?

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