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Carbohydr Res. 1998 Jun;309(1):89-94.

The structure of the exocellular polysaccharide produced by the Archaeon Haloferax gibbonsii (ATCC 33959).

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School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.


The structure of the neutral exocellular polysaccharide isolated from the Archaeon Haloferax gibbonsii (ATCC 33959) has been determined using acid hydrolysis, methylation analysis and NMR spectroscopy. The polysaccharide contained D-Man, D-Glc, D-Gal and L-Rha in the ratios 2:1:3:1. The substitution patterns of the sugar residues were deduced from the methylation analysis which indicated the polymer to be composed of a heptasaccharide repeating unit containing two branches. The 1H and 13C NMR resonances of the component sugars were assigned using COSY, HOHAHA, HMQC, and HMQC-TOCSY 2D NMR experiments and the sequence of the sugars in the repeating unit was determined from NOESY and HMBC experiments. The structure can be written as: [formula: see text].

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