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Why are all the OH opposite to each other in D and L glucose?

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sodium.dioxid
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Apr23-12, 05:23 PM
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I thought D and L referred to the direction of the OH on the LAST chirality center. So why are all the other OH also switched up?

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Apr23-12, 05:37 PM
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Because D- and L-glucose are enantiomers (i.e. mirror images), their configuration is switched at all stereocenters of the molecule.
sodium.dioxid
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Apr23-12, 05:43 PM
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Because D- and L-glucose are enantiomers (i.e. mirror images), their configuration is switched at all stereocenters of the molecule.
This makes sense. But then why do we care about the last chiral carbon?

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Apr23-12, 07:10 PM
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Why are all the OH opposite to each other in D and L glucose?

We don't. Like many thing in biology, the choice on how to name the different stereoisomers of glucose is somewhat arbitrary. It just turns out that, if you draw all of the naturally occuring aldohexoses in a Fisher projection, almost all of them have the same configuration about C5, so biochemists chose that position to use as the basis for the D/L nomenclature system.
sodium.dioxid
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Apr24-12, 07:55 AM
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You are too kind, sir.


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