MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Re: Do chain and position isomerism occur in carbohydrates?

Date: Tue Sep 10 19:30:54 2013
Posted By: Artem Evdokimov, Research Scientist
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 1376586367.Bc

All sugars of the same molecular weight are diastereomers (polystereomers) and/or constitutional isomers of one another. In addition, there are aldose/ketose isomers - sugar chemistry is one big puddle of isomeric compounds. Please consider 2-deoxy glucose versus 3-deoxy glucose -- these are positional isomers of one another.

The subject of isomerism in sugars occupies multiple volumes of relevant research and nomenclature -- I suggest reading:



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