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The system of low-molecular-weight carrageenans and agaroids from the room-temperature-extracted fraction of Kappaphycus alvarezii

The system of low-molecular-weight carrageenans and agaroids from the room-temperature-extracted fraction of Kappaphycus alvarezii

Carbohydrate Research 325(4): 287-299

The room-temperature-extracted fraction from the red seaweed Kappaphycus alvarezii consists mainly of low-molecular-weight carrageenans, with structural dispersion around a basic kappa-pattern. This dispersion results from: (a) low percentages of 3,6-anhydrogalactose and the presence of precursor units; (b) important quantities of 6-O-methyl beta-D-galactose (4-sulfate) residues; (c) significant amounts of iota-repeating structure, and (d) small amounts of non-sulfated and disulfated beta-D-galactose residues. Significant quantities of alpha-L-galactose units suggest the presence of agaroids, as it has been reported in several other carrageenophytes.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0008-6215(00)00006-9

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