Composition of Linseed Mucilage


THE study of the complex mixture obtained on hydrolysis of the polysaccharides has been facilitated by the application of the methods of partition chromatography1 to the study of carbohydrates2. Using these methods, the mucilage obtained from the sperms of linseed (Linum usitotissimum var. Redwing) by extraction with water is under investigation. This mucilage is of special interest because it has been proved that the rarely occurring hexose, L-galactose, is a constituent sugar3. Hilger4 reported the presence of xylose, glucose, arabinose, galactose, and an acidic fraction, which was later identified as an aldobionic acid consisting of D-galacturonic acid and L-rhamnose5. However, later workers have not confirmed the presence of arabinose or glucose.

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EASTERBY, D., JONES, J. Composition of Linseed Mucilage. Nature 165, 614 (1950) doi:10.1038/165614a0

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