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Carbohydrate Structure and Function
Carbohydrates are named for their characteristic content of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (CH2O). Short chains containing from three to seven carbons form the monosaccharides, the individual building blocks of carbohydrates. Of these, trioses, pentoses and hexoses are most common in cells. All monocsaccharides occur in linear form and each carbon atom in the chain, except one, carries an -OH group. The remaining carbon carries a -C=O (carbonyl) group. In monosaccharides all other available binding sites of carbon are occupied by hydrogen atoms. The cabonyl oxygen of a linear sugar may be located at the end of the carbon chain as an aldeyde group
Monosaccharides with five or more carbons can form a ring as well as a linear configuration. The rings form through a reaction between two functional groups in the same molecule. In the six-carbon monosaccharide (glucose), a covalent bond can form through a reaction between the aldehyde at the 1-carbon and the hydroxyl at the 5-carbon. The reaction produces either of the two closely related glucopyranose ring structures. The aldehyde at the 1-carbon can also react with the hydroxyl at the 4-carbon to produce a glucofuranose ring. Monosaccharide rings such as that of glucose are frequently depicted as a Haworth projection a diagram that suggests the three-dimension orientation of the attached -H, OH, and -C2OH groups in relation to the ring. However, the glucopyranose ring does not actually lie in a flat plane as suggested by this projection. Instead, the ends of the ring are bent up or down, most frequently in the "chair" conformation. More over, the side groups attached to the ring extend at the various angles, not at right angles as depicted in the Haworth projection.
The glucospyranose ring occurs in two forms that differ only in the orientation of the -OH group at the 1-carbon. In a Haworth projection -OH group points downward, in the alpha (a) form of the sugar, as in a-glucose. In the other form, the -OH group points upward from the ring in a beta (b) position of the sugar as in b-glucose.
Although the difference between the two ring forms might seem trivial, it has great significance for the chemical properties of polysaccharides assembled from monsaccharide rings. For example. starches, which are assembled from a-glucose units, are soluble and easily digested. Cellulose, synthesized from b-glucose units, is insoluble and cannot be digested as a food source by most animals.
The orientation of other groups attached to the carbon chain of carbohydrates also affects the properties and interactions of monosaccharides. The alternative forms of a molecule in which atoms or groups attached to the carbon chain point in different direction are termed steroisomers. By convention, steroisomers are identified ad D- or L- depending on the directions pointed by atoms attached to the carbon chain.
With several exceptions, the different steroisomers react at significantly different rates with D- and L- forms of other stereoisomers. Because the amino acid subunits of enzymes are stereoisomers, enzymes typically react much more efficiently with one of the two stereoisomers of monosaccharides. In most cases this is the D-form of the monosaccharide, which accounts for the fact that D-forms are much more common than L- forms among cellular carbohydrates.
Many internal carbon atoms of monosaccharides and other organic molecules are asymmetric-each of their four covalent bonds links to a different atom or chemical group. The middle carbon of the triose glyceraldehyde, for example, is asymmetric because it shares electrons in covalent bonds with -H, -OH, -CHO, and -CH2OH.
The groups attached to asymmetric carbon atoms can take up either of two fixed position with respect to other carbon atoms in a chain. In glyceraldehyde the -OH group can extend either to the left or to the right of the carbon chain with reference to the -CHO and -CH2OH groups. By convention the stereoisomer in which the -OH extends to the right is called D-glyceraldehyde (from the Latin dexter= right), and the stereoisomer in which the -OH extends to the left is L-glyceraldehyde (from laevus = left).
Monosaccharides in the ring form can link together to form disaccharides or in greater numbers to form polysaccharides. In some polysaccharides, such as cellulose, the chain is unbranched; in others, such as glycogen, the chain is branched. Some polysaccharides, such as cellulose, contain only a single type of monosaccharide building block.
Linkage of two glucose molecules to form the disaccharides such as maltose, lactose and sucrose. The linkages are designated as alpha (a) or beta (b) depending on the orientation of the -OH group at the number one carbon forming the bond. The linkage are call glycosidic linkages and are know as alpha (a) or beta (b) 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, and1-6.