Levan polysaccharide

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Levan polysaccharide
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Names
IUPAC name
Levan
Other names
Polyfructose
Identifiers
9013-95-0 N
ChEBI CHEBI:16703 N
ChemSpider  YesY
PubChem 440946
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Levans are a group of fructans; polymers of fructose forming a non-structural carbohydrate, which in the case of levans can themselves link together to form super-molecules comprising even hundreds of thousands.

The shortest levan is 6-kestose, essentially a chain of three fructose molecules with a few extra atoms in one segment. Levans are produced in almost all bacterial versions of fructan production, as well as being possible to produce by fracturing soybean mucilage.

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