Submitted to: Biopolymers
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: September 30, 2001
Publication Date: January 1, 2002
Citation: LEATHERS, T.D. PULLULAN. VANDAMME, E.J., DE BAETS, S., STEINBUCHEL, A., EDITORS. WILEY-VCH, WEINHEIM. BIOPOLYMERS; VOL. 6. CHAPTER 1. 2002. P. 1-35. Technical Abstract: Pullulan is a linear homopolysaccharide of glucose that is often described as an alpha-(1 6) linked polymer of maltotriose subunits. This unique linkage pattern endows pullulan with distinctive physical traits. Pullulan has adhesive properties and can be used to form fibers, compression moldings, and strong, oxygen-impermeable films. Pullulan is easily derivatized to control its solubility or provide reactive groups. Consequently, pullulan and its derivatives have numerous potential food, pharmaceutical, and industrial applications. Pullulan is produced as a water soluble, extracellular polysaccharide by certain strains of the polymorphic fungus Aureobasidium pullulans (De Bary) Arnaud.