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Talose (Molecule of the Month for November 2007)

Hexose, Sugar



Talose is an aldohexose sugar. It is an unnatural monosaccharide that is soluble in water and slightly soluble in methanol. Some etymologists suggest that talose's name derives from the automaton of Greek mythology named Talos.

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

References

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

Picture of Talose

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Picture of Talose

C6 H12 O6



Update by Karl Harrison
(Molecule of the Month for November 2007 )