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Dextran is a (1-6)-linked α-D-glucan produced by fermentation of Leuconostoc mesenteroides via the action of the enzyme dextransucrase on sucrose. The main use for native Dextran is as a blood plasma extender in blood transfusions. A complex of Iron with Dextran known as Iron Dextran is used as a source of iron for baby piglets which are often anaemic at birth.