Amylose

Amylose is a linear polymer of glucose linked together. It is one of the two components of starch, the other being amylopectin.

The number of repeated glucose subunits (n) can be many thousands (usually in the range of 300 to 3000).

Amylose starch is less readily digested than amylopectin; however, it takes up less space so is preferred for storage in plants: it makes-up about 30% of the stored starch in plants. The digestive enzyme amylase works on the ends of the starch molecule, breaking it down into sugars.

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