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Robert M. Archer, Dr. Sylvain F. Royer, William Mahy, Dr. Caroline L. Winn, Prof. Michael J. Danson and Dr. Steven D. Bull Syntheses of 2-Keto-3-deoxy-D-xylonate and 2-Keto-3-deoxy-L-arabinonate as Stereochemical Probes for Demonstrating the Metabolic Promiscuity of Sulfolobus solfataricus Towards D-Xylose and L-Arabinose Chemistry - A European Journal 19

Article first published online: 11 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/chem.201203489

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A promiscuous aldolase: The enantiomers 2-keto-3-deoxy-D-xylonate (D-KDX) and 2-keto-3-deoxy-L-arabinonate (L-KDA) are good substrates for the 2-keto-3-deoxy-D-gluconate aldolase from the archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus, thus confirming that S. solfataricus employs a metabolically promiscuous pathway to catabolise the C5-sugars D-xylose and L-arabinose (see scheme).

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