The Chemical Structure of the Main Sugar Moiety Isolated from Bovine Whole Casein

Tadao Saito, Takatoshi Itoh, Susumu Adachi

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    The sugar sequence of the main carbohydrate portion of bovine whole casein was investigated. A major trisaccharide consisting of N-acetylneuraminic acid, D-galactose and N-acetylgalactosaminitol in the molar ratio of 1: 1: 1 was obtained by alkali treatment of glycopeptide, which was isolated by enzymic digestion of caseinoglycopeptide from chymosin-treated casein. The trisaccharide and the glycopeptide were subjected to methylation and gas chromatographic analysis. On the basis of the analytical data and other data obtained from enzymic examination, the chemical structure of the main sugar portion isolated from bovine whole casein was identified to be N-acetylneuraminyl-α-2→3-galactosyl-β-l→3-N-acetylgalactosaminyi-X (threonine or serine).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1023-1030
    Number of pages8
    JournalAgricultural and Biological Chemistry
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1980 Jan 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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