Monosaccharides

Abstract

Monosaccharides (sometimes imprecisely referred to as ‘sugars’) are the molecular ‘building blocks’ from which the carbohydrate family of natural products are constructed.

Keywords: structures; reactions; role in biomolecules

Figure 1.

The abbreviated Calvin cycle of CO2 fixation in photosynthesis.

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References

Angyal SJ (1984) The composition of reducing sugars in solution. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry 42: 15–58.

Angyal SJ (1991) The composition of reducing sugars in solution: current aspects. Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry 49: 19–35.

Toshima K and Tatsuta K (1993) Recent progress in o‐glycosylation methods and their application to natural product synthesis. Chemical Reviews 1503–1531.

Further Reading

Collins PM and Ferrier RJ (1995) Monosaccharides. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Lehmann J (1998) Carbohydrates. Stuttgart: Thieme.

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Ferrier, Robin(Apr 2001) Monosaccharides. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000691]