Chemical nature of chitin is ___.



Chitin is a long polymer of N-acetylglucosamine which is a glucose derivative. The units of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (2-(acetylamino-2- deoxy-D-glucose)) are synthesized to form chitin. Chitin is an important source of carbon and nitrogen for marine organisms. It is one of the most abundantly renewable polymers in nature.

  • Chitin can only be degraded by the chitinolytic bacteria.
  • This is the key step of recycling nutrients back to the oceans. Instead of a hydroxyl group, there is an amyl group attached to the glucose molecule

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