Carbohydrates

ID #1605

Will a single glucose monosaccharide always be in either the alpha form or the beta form, or are the two forms interchangeable?


They are completely and spontaneously interchangeable, and will be found in approximately equal amounts in solution. The only exception to the interchangeability is if that #1 carbon is occupied in a bond, at which point it's not possible to do a simple rearrangement.

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