Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Chitin
Name: Joseph Blair
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: N/A 

I am currently studying from note cards created throughout the year for study prep for comps. I have listed on one note card that cellulose and chitin are structural polysaccharides yet chitin is made of modified amino acids for a monomer. Is this correct?

Yes. The modification in chitin makes the monomer n-acetylglucosamine, so its a glucose-modified amine. Hence the confusion.


Click here to return to the Biology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory