The cyanhydrin is hydrolysable to an acid, the lactone of which may be reduced by sodium amalgam to a glucoheptose, a non-fermentable sugar containing seven carbon atoms. By repeating the process a non-fermentable gluco-octose and a fermentable glucononose may be prepared.
Certain of these relations are here summarized (the starting substance is in italics): l-Glucose f- 1-arabinose --- l-mannose - l-mannoheptose; glucononose fa-gluco-octose F - a-glucoheptose f- d-glucose - 0-glucoheptose - > /-gluco-octose; d-mannose--> d-mannoheptose--> manno-octose--> mannononose; d-glucose --> d-arabinose - i d-erythrose.
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