deoxy sugar


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deoxy sugar

[dē¦äk·sē ′shu̇g·ər]
(biochemistry)
A substance which has the characteristics of a sugar, but which shows a deviation from the required hydrogen-to-oxygen ratio.
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Macrolide antibiotics are so named because they contain a many membered lactone ring to which one or more deoxy sugars are attached.
The term macrolide was originally applied to specific compounds produced by various Streptomyces species containing, as part of their structure, a macrocyclic lactone to which various deoxy sugars are attached.
In addition, Murayama (1984) attributed increasing ratios of deoxy hexoses to pentoses [(fucose + rhamnose)/(arabinose + xylose)] to microbial production of deoxy sugars.