The Development of Catabolic Pathways for the Uncommon Aldopentoses

  • Robert P. Mortlock
Part of the Monographs in Evolutionary Biology book series (MEBI)


Those aldehyde sugars that are five carbons in length are known as aldopentoses. Alternate positions of the hydroxyl groups can give rise to eight possible epimeric structures: d- and l-ribose, d- and l-arabinose, d- and l-lyxose, and d- and l-xylose. The different hydroxyl configurations of these eight sugars can be seen in Fig. 1.


Parent Strain Catabolic Pathway Isomerase Activity Klebsiella Strain Aerobacter Aerogenes 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert P. Mortlock
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  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, New York State College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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