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J Biochem. 1989 Jan;105(1):29-34.

The structure of the O-specific chain of lipopolysaccharide from Pseudomonas aeruginosa IID 1012 (ATCC 27588).

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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University.


Structural studies were carried out on the O-polysaccharide fraction obtained from the lipopolysaccharide of Pseudomonas aeruginosa IID 1012, the standard strain of Homma serogroup K, by mild acid treatment. The O-polysaccharide was composed of L-rhamnose, N-acetyl-D-quinovosamine, and N-acetyl-D-galactosaminuronic acid. The results from analysis of fragments obtained by acid hydrolysis and Smith degradation of the O-polysaccharide, together with data on methylation analysis and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic measurement of the polysaccharide, led to the most likely structure of the repeating units of the polymer chain, ----4)D-GalNAcA(alpha 1----3)D-QuiNAc(beta 1----2)L-Rha(alpha 1----3)L-Rha(alpha 1----, in which about 20% of the N-acetylgalactosaminuronic acid residues were in an amide form and about 75% of the same residues were O-acetylated at C-3.

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