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What is glycogen? How is it different from starch?


Glycogen is a carbohydrate (polysaccharide). In animals, carbohydrates are stored as glycogen.

Starch is a carbohydrate consisting of two components - amylose (15 - 20%) and amylopectin (80 - 85%).

However, glycogen consists of only one component whose structure is similar to amylopectin. Also, glycogen is more branched than amylopectin.

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