Macromolecular Research

, 19:1172 | Cite as

Structural characterization of a polysaccharide isolated from Lady Godiva pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo lady godiva)

  • Yi Song
  • Juan Li
  • Xiaosong Hu
  • Yuanying Ni
  • Quanhong Li


In this study, a crude water-soluble heteropolysaccharide was isolated from Lady Godiva pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo Lady Godiva). After protein removal and purification, polysaccharides of the pumpkin fruit termed LGPP2-1 were subjected to structural identification. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis indicated that LGPP2-1 mainly comprised L-fucose, D-galactose, D-glucose, and D-mannose. The glycosidic linkages were determined by methylation analysis and GC/MS. The results showed that LGPP2-1 consisted of 1,2,6-trisubstitued-galactopyranosyl, 1,6-disubstitued-galactopyranosyl, 1,4,6-trisubstitued-glucopyranosyl, 1,3-disubstituedglucopyranosyl, terminal-glucopyranosyl, and terminal-fucopyranosyl, with a molar proportion of 1:4:2:2:2:1. The Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy further confirmed that the configuration of L-fucose and D-galactose were in the α-form, while D-glucose was in the β-form. The molecular weight of LGPP2-1 measured using high-performance gel-permeation chromatography (HPGPC) was 1.01×104 Da.


lady godiva pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo lady godivaheteropolysaccharide structural analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi Song
    • 1
    • 2
  • Juan Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiaosong Hu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yuanying Ni
    • 1
    • 2
  • Quanhong Li
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Food Science and Nutritional EngineeringChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Fruit and Vegetable Processing, Ministry of Agriculture, China Engineering Research Center for Fruit and Vegetable ProcessingMinistry of EducationBeijingChina

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