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The absolute configuration of 1-carboxyethyl substituents on common hexoses by circular dichroism

Andersson L, Kenne L


Determination of the absolute configuration of the 1-carboxyethyl substituent on a monosaccharide by circular dichroism measurements was found to be a sensitive and simple method. It relies on comparison of the spectrum of a 1-carboxyethyl substituted sugar or sugar derivative with the spectra of (R)- and (S)-lactic acid in the region 200-260 nm in which the (R)- and (S)-configuration give negative and positive Deltaepsilon, respectively. The oligo- or poly-saccharide containing a 1-carboxyethyl substituted sugar is hydrolyzed to monomers and the 1-carboxyethyl substituted sugar isolated by chromatography. The CD spectrum obtained for the 1-carboxyethyl substituted sugar in water solution at pH 2 is then compared with spectra of (R)- and (S)-lactic acid. The sign for the absorption and a maximum of comparable intensity and appearance around 210 nm, identify the stereochemistry. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved

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Carbohydrate Research
2003, Volume: 338, number: 1, pages: 85-93

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