Glucosamine is a normal component of liver glycogen

Brent R. Kirkman, William J. Whelan

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There have been several reports of the incorporation of glucosamine into liver glycogen by an intraperitoneal injection of galactosamine, but it has not previously been considered that glucosamine is a normal component of liver glycogen. We now report that glucosamine occurs endogenously in rabbit- and pig-liver glycogens in the amount of about 1 nmol per 10 mg glycogen. Like the glucosamine incorporated by exogenous administration of galactosamine, the endogenous glucosamine takes the place of 1,4-linked α-glucose residues. It is found in both the outer and inner chains of the glycogen molecule.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


  • Galactosamine
  • Glucosamine
  • Kidney glycogen
  • Liver glycogen
  • N-Methylglucosamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


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