What is ethyl glucosamide

The relationship between configuration and biochemical properties

The simple types of sugar and the glucosides pp 83-97 | Cite as


Perhaps the most important and at the same time the most interesting chapter in sugar chemistry is that which deals with the changes in properties caused by slight deviations in the stereochemical configuration of the carbohydrate molecule. Although the molecular weight and gross formula of the molecule remain the same, even the smallest modification in the spatial arrangement of the groups linked to the carbon atom chain is sufficient to produce the most profound change in biochemical behavior. How sensitive the relationship between structure and biological behavior is, and how small the possible deviations are, we will see from the following examples.

“Configuration” is understood to mean the position of the hydroxyl groups in relation to the skeleton of the carbon chain. Change means transferring from the right side of the chain projected onto the plane of the paper to the left or vice versa from the left to the right.

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