Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Science) ›› 2023, Vol. 2023 ›› Issue (1): 50-59.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2023.01.006

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Recent progress in the construction and application of self-assembled glycomaterials

Weitao DOU(), Lin XU*(), Haibo YANG*()   

  1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Chemical Processes, School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2022-07-04 Accepted:2022-09-23 Online:2023-01-25 Published:2023-01-07
  • Contact: Lin XU,Haibo YANG;;


As essential signaling molecules in biological systems, carbohydrates are involved in several vital physiological and pathological processes via specific recognition by receptors. Hence, nanomaterials comprising carbohydrates are crucial for deciphering and regulating biological processes. A non-covalent assembly process can conveniently yield carbohydrate-based nanomaterials owing to the unique merits of simplicity and controllability of the process. This review summarizes the construction and application of glyco-based functional materials through host-guest interactions and coordination-driven self-assembly processes. Additionally, their potential challenges and future directions are highlighted with the aim of improving understanding on carbohydrate-related physiological and pathological processes.

Key words: self-assembly, host-guest interaction, coordination-driven self-assembly, glycomaterials

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