Pentose oxidation by acetic acid bacteria led to a finding of membrane-bound purine nucleosidase
D-Ribose and 2-deoxy-D-ribose were oxidized to 4- keto-D-ribonate and 2-deoxy-4-keto-D-ribonate respectively by oxidative fermentation, and the chemical structures of the oxidation products were confirmed to be as expected. Both pentoses are important sugar components of nucleic acids. When examined...
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