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Carbohydr Res. 2006 Jan 16;341(1):68-74. Epub 2005 Nov 17.

Full assignment of the 1H and 13C spectra and revision of the O-acetylation site of the capsular polysaccharide of Streptococcus pneumoniae Type 33F, a component of the current pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.

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Laboratory for Molecular Structure, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control Blanche Lane, South Mimms, Herts EN6 3QG, UK.


The structure of the capsular polysaccharide from Streptococcus pneumoniae Type 33F was originally determined by a combination of chemical methods and limited use of NMR spectroscopy [Can. J. Biochem. Cell Biol.1984, 62, 666-677]. We report full 1H and 13C assignments and confirm the structure of the saccharide repeat unit, but find that the site of O-acetylation is O-2 of the -->5)-beta-D-Galf, rather than the -->3)-beta-D-Galf residue. We find that a slightly higher percentage of the repeat units are O-acetylated: [carbohydrate: see text].

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