(Science: biochemistry) stereoisomers of a sugar which differ only in how they are configured about their respective carbonyl (anomeric) carbon atom. Interconversion (mutarotation) is anomerisation and is promoted by mutarotases (aldose epimerases).
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... contain a so called hemi-acetal group and has therefore no reducing power. compare with for example glucose, it contains a O - CHOH-group at the anomer C-atom (C1), which is in equilibrium with the open chain form. The open chainform is an aldehyde group that can reduce compunds and is thereby ...
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