This site provides databases and bioinformatics tools for glycobiology and glycomics.

News


10 Apr 2014: Glycosciences.de is back online!

Because of several problems we had to temporarily shut down the Glycosciences.de server and install a new server. This migration took longer than expected, and still not all functions are fully adjusted to the software environment of the new server. Therefore, some services are not yet available, and the existing resources might contain problems. If you find such problems, please let us know by e-mail to Thomas Lütteke.
Some server restarts might be necessary in the near future to fix further problems. Therefore, if the server is not accessible within the next few weeks, please try again later.

Background

The human genome seems to encode for not more than 30,000 to 40,000 proteins. A major challenge is to understand how posttranslational events, such as glycosylation, affect the activities and functions of these proteins in health and disease. The importance of protein glycosylation is becoming widely realized through studies on protein folding, protein localization and trafficking, protein solubility, biological half-life as well as studies on cell-cell interactions. The progressing Glycomics projects will dramatically accelerate the understanding of the roles of carbohydrates in cell communication and lead to novel therapeutic approaches for treatment of human disease. The MIT's magazine of innovation (January 21 2003) has identified Glycomics as one of the top ten technologies that will change the future.

To support the upcoming Glycomics projects we focus our research activities on the development of bioinformatic tools and databases for glycobiology.



Many of the applications have been developed with financial support of the 'Subject oriented networks' program of the German Research Council DFG.

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