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What is the structural difference between glycogen and starch?

What is the structural difference between glycogen and starch?

Grade:12th pass

2 Answers

Rituraj Tiwari
askIITians Faculty 1792 Points
10 months ago
Starch and Glycogen, both are made of glucose, in fact are polymers of glucose.
Starch- Starch is stored in plants as a food reserve. Starch is present in two forms- Amylose- which is a linear chain of glucose and Amylopectin is a branched chain polymer of glucose.
Glycogen- Glycogen is found in animals and is stored in the liver, it is made up of monomer unitsα-D-Glucose. Glycogen chain is similar to amylopectin found in starch but with more branches. These branches are broken through condensation reaction whenever animal require energy.
Vikas Amritiya
askIITians Faculty 158 Points
10 months ago

 

Starch and Glycogen, both are made of glucose, in fact are polymers of glucose. 
Starch- Starch is stored in plants as a food reserve. Starch is present in two forms- Amylose- which is a linear chain of glucose and Amylopectin is a branched chain polymer of glucose. 
 
Glycogen- Glycogen is found in animals and is stored in the liver, it is made up of monomer units α-D-Glucose. Glycogen chain is similar to amylopectin found in starch but with more branches. These branches are broken through condensation reaction whenever animal require energy.

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