Journal of Proteomics & EnzymologyISSN: 2470-1289

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Editorial, J Biocatal Biotransformation Vol: 1 Issue: 2

Rare Sugars: Applications and Enzymatic Production

Shuang-Yan Tang*
Department of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Corresponding author : Shuang-Yan Tang
Department of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Received: July 17, 2012 Accepted: July 19, 2012 Published: July 23, 2012
Citation: Tang SY, (2012) Rare Sugars: Applications and Enzymatic Production. J Biocatal Biotransformation 1:2.  doi:10.4172/2324-9099.1000e105

Abstract

Rare Sugars: Applications and Enzymatic Production

Rare sugars are monosaccharides and their derivatives rarely existing in nature. Of all hexoses and pentoses, only seven (D-glucose, D-galactose, D-mannose, D-fructose, D-xylose, D-ribose and L-arabinose) are present in significant amounts in nature. Despite their low natural abundance, rare sugars have various known biological functions and enormous potential for applications in pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and flavour industries.

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