Computational tools for drawing, building and displaying carbohydrates

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The set of computational tools are presented to illustrate the rich contributions of a community devoted to enabling the accurate representation of complex carbohydrates via the development and implementation of a versatile informatics toolbox. These legitimate efforts aim at facilitating communication within the scientific community. To establish a comparative analysis of the several available applications, 17 selected items were evaluated. The comparative analysis of tools could be useful for glycobiologists or any researcher looking for a ready to use, simple application for the sketching, building and display of glycans. This article provides an overview of the computational tools and resources available for glycan sketching, building and representing. It also provides a descriptive analysis of the recently developed software tools dedicated explicitly to glycans and glycoconjugates. The newly developed tools are more advanced and use the standard nomenclature and symbols for glycan representation. These tools can further help to standardise the description of glycans in research, communication and databases.

Kanhaya Lal, Rafael Bermeo, Serge Perez: Computational tools for drawing, building and displaying carbohydrates: a visual guide. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 2020, 16, 2448-2468

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