International Symposium on Metabolism, Physiology, and Clinical Use of Pentoses and Pentitols

Hakone, Japan, August 27th–29th, 1967

  • Bernard L. Horecker
  • Konrad Lang
  • Yasuyuki Takagi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Opening Remarks

    1. Bernard L. Horecker, Konrad Lang, Yasuyuki Takagi
      Pages 1-1
  3. Metabolism of Pentoses and Pentitols

  4. Physiology of Pentoses and Pentitols

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Konrad Lang
      Pages 151-157
    3. Toshio Asakura, Harutada Ninomiya, Shigeki Minakami, Haruhisa Yoshikawa
      Pages 158-173
    4. K. H. Dehmel, H. Förster, H. Mehnert
      Pages 177-181
    5. Norimasa Hosoya, Takashi Sakurai, Hideo Takagi, Tadahiko Machiya
      Pages 182-189
    6. Norimasa Hosoya, Noriko Iitoyo
      Pages 197-200
    7. Toshio Kaneko, Hiroshi Oka, Toshitsugu Oda, Yawara Yoshitoshi
      Pages 201-206
    8. Yukimasa Hirata, Masaji Fujisawa, Toshio Ogushi
      Pages 226-229
    9. Norimasa Hosoya, Tadahiko Machiya
      Pages 248-249
    10. Yuichiro Goto, Shiro Nagano, Haruo Nakamura
      Pages 250-255
    11. Albert I. Winegrad, Rex S. Clements Jr., Paul J. Beisswenger, Constance L. Burden-Russell
      Pages 258-274
    12. Yasuyuki Ohta, Toshio Takano, Kiyowo Kosaka
      Pages 275-289
  5. Clinical Use of Pentoses and Pentitols

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Kiyoshi Fujisawa, Kiyoshi Ohkawa, Teruji Tanaka, Tadao Takahashi
      Pages 303-308
    3. Shoichi Yamagata, Yoshio Goto, Akira Ohneda, Moritoshi Anzai, Satoshi Kawashima, Jin Kikuchi et al.
      Pages 316-325
    4. Shoichi Yamagata, Yoshio Goto, Akira Ohneda, Moritoshi Anzai, Satoshi Kawashima, Jin Kikuchi et al.
      Pages 326-333
    5. G. Erdmann
      Pages 342-347
    6. Minoru Uekusa, Toichi Tosen, Masatomi Ohba, Takashi Akamatsu, Noriyuki Narahara, Susumu Kodaira
      Pages 388-398
    7. K. Lang
      Pages 399-400
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 401-408

About these proceedings


In recent times it has come to be realized that pentoses are important as building blocks in the organism and as intermediate products in meta­ bolism. The finding that ribose and desoxyribose are nucleic acid con­ stituents and the discovery of the pentose-phosphate cycle have put these substances in a central position in biochemical research. The con­ current realization that the pentitol, xylitol, is involved in an important metabolic cycle and that the body can handle it in quantities comparable in magnitude to the well-known carbohydrates has resulted in extensive experimental and clinical studies, especially in Germany and Japan. Some of the properties of xylitol, e.g. its independence of insulin and also its utilization in other disturbances of the glucose metabolism have aroused considerable interest among clinicians. The initial experiments have shown that xylitol may be of significant therapeutic value, and more extensive research work into the possible clinical applications of xylitol is being undertaken. Xylitol research is a typical example of the interrelation of the clinical and experimental approaches to a problem. These rapid advances in knowledge made it necessary to bring together workers in both the research and clinical fields in order that they might discuss their findings in critical fashion and advance our understanding of this subject.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bernard L. Horecker
    • 1
  • Konrad Lang
    • 2
  • Yasuyuki Takagi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Molecular BiologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.Physiologisch-Chemisches InstitutJohannes Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzWest Germany
  3. 3.Department of BiochemistryKyushu University School of MedicineFukuokaJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1969
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-46193-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-46191-0
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