Structural studies of an acidic polysaccharide from the mucin secreted by Drosera capensis

D. Channe Gowda, Gerd Reuter, Roland Schauer

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The polysaccharide of the mucin secreted by the leaves of Drosera capensis is composed of l-arabinose, d-xylose, d-galactose, d-mannose, and d-glucuronic acid in the molar ratio of 3.6:1.0:4.9:8.4:8.2. For structural elucidation, methylation analysis using g.l.c. and g.l.c.-m.s. was performed on the native, the carboxyl-reduced, and the degraded polysaccharides. Partial hydrolysis, periodate oxidation, chromium trioxide oxidation, and uronic acid degradation were also performed on the native and carboxyl-reduced polysaccharides. Partial hydrolysis of the native and carboxyl-reduced polysaccharides gave various oligosaccharides that were characterized and suggest a structure containing a d-glucurono-d-mannan backbone having a repeating unit → 4)-β-d-GlcpA-(1 → 2)-α-d-Manp-(1 →. l-Arabinose and d-xylose are present as nonreducing furanosyl and pyranosyl end-groups, respectively, both attached to O-3 of d-glucuronic acid residues of the backbone. d-Galactose is present as non-reducing pyranosyl end-group linked to O-3 of d-mannose residues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-124
Number of pages12
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 16 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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