Hemicellulose is a large polysaccharide
which helps give structure to plant cells. Along with pectin
, it forms an amorphous matrix
in which cellulose fibril
s from the plant cell wall
s are embedded. It has the chemical formula of C6
and consists of a chain of D-oxylose sugar
units which has side chains of units of other sugars branching off it.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.