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Allose (Molecule of the Month for March 2008)

Hexose, Sugar



Allose is an aldohexose sugar. It is a rare monosaccharide that has been isolated from the leaves of the African shrub Protea rubropilosa. It is soluble in water and practically insoluble in methanol.

Formal Chemical Name (IUPAC)
(2S,3R,4R,5S,6R)-6-(hydroxymethyl)tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2,3,4,5-tetraol

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allose

Picture of Allose

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Picture of Allose

C6 H12 O6



Update by Karl Harrison
(Molecule of the Month for March 2008 )