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Carbohydr Res. 1999 Jun 30;319(1-4):124-32.

Chemical structure of a polysaccharide from Campylobacter jejuni 176.83 (serotype O:41) containing only furanose sugars.

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Department of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway.


A neutral polysaccharide was obtained by hot phenol-water extraction of biomass from Campylobacter jejuni 176.83 and subsequently separated from acid-liberated core oligosaccharide of lipopolysaccharide by sequential GPC on Bio-Gel P6 and TSK-40 columns. All sugar components of the trisaccharide repeating unit of the polysaccharide were found to be of the furanose ring form. The major trisaccharide contained beta-L-arabinose, 6-deoxy-beta-D-altro-heptose (beta-D-6d-altHep) and 6-deoxy-beta-L-altrose (beta-L-6d-Alt), whereas in the minor trisaccharide the beta-L-6d-Alt is replaced by its C-5 epimer alpha-D-Fuc. On the basis of 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopic studies, including 2D ROESY, HMQC and HMQC-TOCSY experiments, the following structures of the repeating units were established: [formula: see text].

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