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Mucins are the structural components of the epithelial mucose that protects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts from the hostile environments, including microorganisms, toxim and abrasives. Mucins constitute a group of high molecular weight (> 200 kDa), polydisperse and highly glycosylated proteins which are present on the surface of most epithelial tissues. Our understanding of the structure and function of mucins has advanced significantly in the last decade. Thisdoi:10.7124/bc.0004e5 fatcat:6aejahw435bgzah26uk6hyjz2y