Saturday, September 03, 2005

Chemsitry is pHun?

After years err..ok minutes of research online I have found.

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Fucitol !!!
Although this sounds like what an undergraduate chemist might exclaim
when their synthesis goes wrong, it's actually an alcohol, whose
other names are L-fuc-ol or 1-deoxy-D-galactitol. It gets its
wonderful trivial name from the fact that it is derived from the
sugar fucose, which comes from a seaweed found in the North Atlantic
called Bladderwrack whose latin name is Fucus vesiculosis.
Interestingly, there are a few articles in the Journal of Biochemistry
throughout 1997 concerning a kinase enzyme which acts on fucose.
The creators of these articles were Japanese, and seemed to have
missed the fact that fucose kinase should not be abbreviated as
'fuc-K'. Similarly, the E. coli K-12 Gene has other proteins that
have been named Fuc-U and Fuc-R.

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