The upcoming discussion will update you about the differences between Oligosaccharides and Polysaccharides.
Difference # Oligosaccharides:
1. They contain 2-9 monosaccharide residues.
2. Oligosaccharides are soluble in water.
3. They are commonly sweet to taste.
4. Transport of carbohydrates occurs in oligosaccharide state.
5. Storage in oligosaccharide state is less common.
6. They form component of external surface of plasma membrane and cell coat.
Examples: Sucrose, Maltose, Raffmose.
Difference # Polysaccharides:
1. Polysaccharides possess a large number of monosaccharide residues.
2. Polysaccharides are usually insoluble.
3. Sweetness is absent.
4. Polysaccharides are not involved in transport.
5. Storage occurs in polysaccharide state.
6. They form component of cell wall.
Examples: Starch, Glycogen, Cellulose.