Indexed on: 27 Jan '12Published on: 27 Jan '12Published in: Carbohydrate Research
6-Deoxy-L-altrose is well known as a constituent sugar moiety of lipopolysaccharides in Gram-negative bacteria. However, its isomer, 6-deoxy-D-altrose, is little known. Identification of 6-deoxy-D-altrose isolated from a polysaccharide extracted from an edible mushroom (Lactarius lividatus), its comparison with chemically synthesized 6-deoxy-D-altrose using (1)H and (13)C NMR including COSY, HMQC spectroscopy, and investigation of its specific optical rotation were all conducted in this study. The 6-deoxy-hexose isolated from acid hydrolysate of the polysaccharide extracted from L. lividatus was involved in four anomeric isomers (α-pyranose and β-pyranose, and α-furanose and β-furanose), as was chemically synthesized 6-deoxy-d-altrose in an aqueous solution because of mutarotation. Almost all signals of 1D ((1)H NMR and (13)C NMR) and 2D (COSY and HMQC)-NMR spectra agreed with those of the authentic 6-deoxy-D-altrose. The specific optical rotation [α](589) of 6-deoxy-sugar showed a value of +18.2°, which was in agreement with that of authentic 6-deoxy-D-altrose. Consequently, 6-deoxy-hexose was identified as the 6-deoxy-D-altrose. This work is the first complete identification of 6-deoxy-D-altrose in a natural environment.