from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sugar having a cyclic structure resembling that of furan.
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- n. any cyclic hemiacetal form of a monosaccharide having a five-membered ring (the tetrahydrofuran skeleton)
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But, for sugars such as galactose, which is commonly found in dairy produce, around 10 per cent is found in a different ring form called a 'furanose'.
Experiments by Dr Jennifer Potts in the University's Centre for Magnetic Resonance confirmed that the transporter was the first biological example to recognise furanose over pyranose forms.
The answer to the problem was discovered when researchers led by Professor Keith Wilson in the York Structural Biology Laboratory solved the 3D structure of the protein, revealing that it was bound to the rarer furanose form of galactose.
Experiments by Dr. Jennifer Potts in the University's Centre for Magnetic Resonance confirmed that the transporter was the first biological example to recognise furanose over pyranose forms.
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