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

References

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

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 )