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Gulose (Molecule of the Month for March 2008)

Hexose, Sugar



Gulose is an aldohexose sugar. It is an unnatural monosaccharide that exists as a syrup with a sweet taste. It is soluble in water and slightly soluble in methanol. Both the D- and L-forms are not fermentable by yeast.

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

References

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

Picture of Gulose

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Gulose structure
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Picture of Gulose

C6 H12 O6



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