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Any one of a class of carbohydrates containing five atoms of carbon.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a monosaccharide that contains five carbon atoms per molecule. In nature, pentoses do not occur in the free state but are present in various glycosides and polysaccharides that are commonly found in plants; these include arabinose and xylose. The pentoses ribose and 2-deoxyribose are constituents of nucleic acids. Nucleoside-diphosphate sugars participate in the insertion of arabinose and xylose into complex carbohydrates. Ribose in the form of ribose-5-phosphate, which takes part in the biosynthesis of nucleotides, is formed as an intermediate product in photosynthesis and in the pentose-phosphate cycle. Pentoses are converted by mineral acids into furfurol, a valuable raw material in the chemical industry.

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Yellow color marked pathway is the pentose phosphate pathway; the number in parenthesis is the gene copy found in the genome; GalK: galactokinase (EC 2.71.6); GalE: UDP-glucose 4-epimerase (EC; GalT: UDP-glucose-hexose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (EC; GalU: UTP-glucose-1- phosphate uridylyltransferase (EC 2.7.79); PGM: phosphoglucomutase (EC; XI: xylose isomerase (EC; XK: xylulokinase (EC 2.71.17); AI: arabinose isomerase (EC; RK: ribulokinase (EC 2.71.16); RI: ribose 5-phosphate isomerase (EC; RPE: ribulose-phosphate 3-epimerase (EC; TKL: transketolase (EC; TAL: transaldolase (EC
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The pathway can be considered in two phases: the irreversible oxidative phase comprising the reactions catalyzed by glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase, lactonase and 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase; and the reversible, non-oxidative phase involving the rest of the pathway, then: Regulation of the pentose phosphate pathway: The flow of metabolites through the pathway is regulated at the glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase reaction and the 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase by the availability of NADP +.
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