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What are the 2 classifications of carbs?

Simple - monosaccharides
Complex - disaccharide, oligosaccharide(2+), polysaccharide (many)


Describe monosaccharides

Simple sugars: can't be converted into smaller molecules by acid hydrolysis
1 sugar, usually colourless, water-soluble, crystalline solids
Building blocks of di and polysaccharides


Describe the structure of monosaccharides

Generally have formula (CH2)n - deoxyribose is an exception
Simple monosaccharides C4-7 called tetroses, pentoses, hexoses, heptoses
Exceptions in animals N-acetyl sugars (8C), sialic acid (9,10,11C)


What are 2 classifications of monosaccharides?

Aldose and ketose
Aldose - -CHO (aldehyde group)
Ketose - C=O (ketone group)
e.g. aldopentose or ketopentose


Describe the structure of glucose in both straight chain and ring

Is an aldose sugar i.e. has -CHO
Ring: C1 binds to C5 - C1-O-C5
O enables C atoms to bind to from ring
H from C5 OH binds to O on C1, C1 binds to O


Describe the structure of fructose

Is a ketose i.e. has C=O on C2
Ring: C2 bonds to C5
H of C5 OH binds to O of C2, C2 binds to O on C5


What is stereochemistry?

Study of spatial 3D relations of atoms in molecules


What are Fischer projections?

Basic 2D drawing of 3D molecule
C1 is always at top
Projections drawn to left are ABOVE the ring
Projections to right are BELOW the ring


Explain D and L sugars

D and L sugars are optical isomers (mirror images of each other)
D and L refer to the absolute configuration of asymmetric C furthers away from aldehyde/ketone group OR if OH falls on either LHS/RHS
D-glucose is biologically active, OH of C5 falls on RHS


What is the structure of D-glucose?

OH of C2,4,5 to right
OH of C3 to left

L-glucose is opposite


What happens in solution of glucose in terms of structure?

Equilibrium favouring ring form established
Ring formation creates new chiral centres - C1 in aldoses, C2 in ketoses
This increases the number of possible isomeric forms


What are isomers of D-glucose called?



Describe the 2 anomers of D-glucose

Alpha - (new) OH of C1 is TRANS to CH2OH on C5
Beta - OH of C2 is CIS to CH2OH on C5


What is mutarotation?

Interconversion between anomer stereoisomers
Different anomers have different optical rotations


What are monosaccharide derivatives?

Simple sugar molecules which contain functional groups as well as OH, either CHO/CO, vary from empirical formula


Describe deoxy derivatives

OH replaced by H
e.g. deoxyribose sugar - ribose with OH on C2 replaced by H


Describe sugar acid derivatives

OH group oxidised to COOH


Describe sugar alcohol derivatives

CO (aldehyde or ketone) reduced to primary/secondary OH


Describe phosphorylated sugars

P group attached
Alcoholic group esterified with phosphoric acid


What are amino sugars?

Sugar with primary amine group replacing OH
e.g. glucosamine precursor for GAGs (major component of joint cartilage) thus used to treat osteoarthritis


Explain the formation of disaccharides

Aldehyde/ketone group reacts with molecules own OH to form ring, then link to C bearing OH on another sugar molecule creating a disaccharide


How are monomers linked?

Glycosidic bonds formed when anomeric OH group condenses with alcohol of second monosaccharide
Catalysed by hydrolyse (dehydration) to form R-O-R link


Describe the structure of sucrose

Glucose and fructose monomers linked by alpha 1,2 linkage


What is glycogen?

Polysaccharide that is the principal storage form of glucose found as granules in cytosol
Liver cells have highest conc. but muscles have greater total amount


Describe the structure of glycogen

Highly branched (increases packing)
Linear chains of glucose connected by a-1,4 glycosidic linkages with branches attached through a-1,6 links every 10 residues


What 2 enzymes are required for glycogen degradation and why?

Glycogen phosphorylase to hydrolyse a-1,4 linkages but can only work on linear chains OR a-amylase (digestive)
Debranching enzyme to hydrolyse a-1,6 links to straighten out chain


Describe the degradation of glycogen

Glycogen phosphorylase breaks glycogen into glucose-1-P but is halted 4 residues from branching point
Glycogen debranching enzyme transfers trisaccharide to a-1,4 adjacent a-1,4 link leaving single glucose molecule at a-1,6
GDE hydrolyses remaining glucose molecule so glycogen phosphorylase can continue


Describe the structure of starch

2 polysaccharides monomers: amylose, amylopectin
Amylose: glucose monomers linked by a-1,4 links
Amylopectin: coiled structure, like glycogen but a-1,6 branch every 24-30 residues


What is the function of starch?

Digested by hydrolysis, catalysed by amylases, back to sugar monomers which can be broken down to glucose for energy


What is cellulose?

Polymeric polysaccharide of B-glucose monomers