Short Course Description
The course is given in English: Glycobiology is a highly diverse and interdisciplinary research area aimed at deciphering the structure and function of glycans and their implications on biomedical sciences. Carbohydrates (sugars) constitute the largest group of cellular building blocks along side nucleic acids, amino acids and lipids. All living cells are covered with a thick layer of sugar chains (glycans) either free or conjugated to proteins and lipids. Glycans are highly diverse and play major roles in cellular identity and communication, immune recognition and signaling as well as metabolism and photosynthesis reactions. In this course we will learn basic principles of glycobiology covering glycoproteins, glycosphingolipids and GPI anchors, nuclear and cytoplasmic glycosylation, glycans and signaling, polysaccharides as building blocks in nano-therapeutics, lectins as glycan receptors, analytical glycobiology, and glycan-related diseases.