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okay so cellulose is made up of Beta Glucose monomers but i dont get why the whole microfibril has alternating OH groups? Are there 1-4 Glycosidic bonds or 1-6?
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okay so cellulose is made up of Beta Glucose monomers but i dont get why the whole microfibril has alternating OH groups? Are there 1-4 Glycosidic bonds or 1-6?
Yes cellulose is made of Beta glucose. Cellulose is made only from 1-4 glycosidic bonds. But cellulose microfibrils are layers of cellulose and join by many hydrogen bonds.Due to many hydrogen bonds the cell wall is strong because cell wall is made of cellulose. As the cellulose is arranged in a parallel way the form hydrogen bonds. O-H bond is strong because Oxygen is more electronegative. Cell wall made of cellulose is strong due to many hydrogen bonds formong in it.

I hope this will help you. If there is any difficulty in understanding be curious to say it.
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Yeah thanks i get that, but you know how it has up Oh groups and down OH groups- how come that happens?
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I think this could help you https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/...ts-to-the-left
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I appreciate your efforts but im looking for something specific to hexose beta glucos in cellulose and theyre talking about 4 carbon molecules. Thanks anyways
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I think it’s trying to say that the position of the OHs is a specific one and it’s important because if the structure of the hexose is changed it would become another molecule and not be a B-glucose molecule anymore. Therefore the cellulose would not be formed anymore by a B-glucose. But don’t take my word for it because I might be wrong or not answering your question anyways. Hope that helps.
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Yeah thanks i get that, but you know how it has up Oh groups and down OH groups- how come that happens?
I can't understand your question. Just make it a bit clear to explain it to you.
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the positioning of the each beta glucose in a microfibril is different to aplha glucos
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