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G0885 Sigma

Glycogen from bovine liver

Type IX




1, 5, 10, 25 g in poly bottle

Preparation Note

Prepared by a modification of the procedure of Bell, et al., Biochem. J., 28, 882 (1934).


Glycogen from bovine liver may be used in carbohydrate storage and metabolism research and to study various enzymes such as alpha-glucosidase(s) (GAA) and glycogen phosphorylase(s) (GPase). Glycogen may be used as a substrate to identify and characterize its metabolizing enzymes.

General description

Glycogen is a branched polymer of glucose synthesized by animal cells for energy storage and release. It is constructed of predominantly α1→4 glycosidic bonds with branches created through α1→6 glycosidic bonds.

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What are glycogens?  
Per Biochemistry, Lehninger ed., 2nd ed, p. 266: A general description of glycogens is: A polymer of alpha (1->4) linked D-Glucose with alpha (1->6) branching at about ever 8 to 12 glucose residues. The molecular weight for bovine source is not mentioned, but glycogen in general is 270,000-3.5 million.
What is the solubility of Product G0885, Glycogen from Bovine Liver?
Sigma routinely tests the solubility in water at 50 mg/mL, yielding a hazy solution. In general, glycogens are soluble in water with opalescence and insoluble in alcohol.
What is the specific rotation of Product G0885, Glycogen from Bovine Liver?
The specific rotation of this product is +196° to +197°.
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