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Empirical formula: C6H12O8
a: 4.762 Å
b: 7.403 Å
c: 23.068 Å
α (alpha): 90.00 °
β (beta): 90.00 °
γ (gamma): 90.00 °
Volume: 813.22 Å3
Space group: P212121
Calculated density: 1.733 g/cm3
Z: 4
Temperature: -258.0 °C
Formula weight: 212.156 g/mole
R(F): 3.5400
Structural formula: C6H10O7, H2O1
CSD refcode: ODEKIR
Empirical formula - less solvent: C6H10O7
Common name: Galacturonic acid
Keyword: pectin
Keyword: plant gums
Short description: Galacturonic acid prepared from pectin can be used to synthesize vitamin C.
Layman's explanation: Galacturonic acid is the monobasic acid resulting from oxidation of the primary alcohol group of D-galactose to carboxyl. It is widely distributed as a constituent of pectins (compounds with heterogeneous grouping of acidic structural polysaccharides, found in fruit and vegetables), many plant gums, and mucilages (gummy substances obtained from certain plants, which are used as food stabilizers). Gums tend to be used as thickening and bulking agents in pharmaceutics, and they play a less obvious part in most plants. Once swallowed, their actions are no different from those of the mucilages. D-Galacturonic acid prepared from pectin can be used to synthesize vitamin C. Native pectin is a mixture of polysaccharides, with the major component a polymer of -D-galacturonic acid. Pectin has numerous other medical and pharmaceutical uses, for example in combination with plant hemicelluloses and lignin, may be useful dietary constituents in preventing coronary heart disease, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, and a variety of other Western diseases.
Citation of a publication: Hui-Ru Tang, P.S.Belton, S.C.Davies, D.L.Hughes; Carbohydr.Res., 330, (2001), 391
Lab name: Common molecules
Sample provider: Obtained courtesy of the Cambridge Structural Database
Status: Complete, visible to public
Repository Files:
50993.cif 50993.crt 50993.gif 50993.ort 50993.pdb

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