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Altrose (Molecule of the Month for March 2008)

Hexose, Sugar

Altrose is an aldohexose sugar. The D isomer is an unnatural monosaccharide. It is soluble in water and practically insoluble in methanol. L-altrose has been isolated from strains of the bacterium Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens.

Formal Chemical Name (IUPAC)



Picture of Altrose

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Altrose structure
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Picture of Altrose

C6 H12 O6

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