Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2005
Publication Date: 12/1/2005
Citation: Leathers, T.D. 2005. Pullulan. In: Steinbuchel, A., Rhee, S.K., editors. Polysaccharides and Polyamides in the Food Industry. Properties, Production, and Patents. Vol. 1., Polysaccharides, Chapter 11. Wiley-VCH: Weinheim. p. 387-421. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Pullulan is a linear homopolysaccharide of glucose that often is described as an alpha- (1 to 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 derivatized easily to control its solubility or provide reactive groups. Consequently, pullulan and its derivatives have numerous potential food, pharmaceutical, and industrial applications.