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Lyxose is an aldopentose — a monosaccharide containing five carbon atoms, and including an aldehyde functional group. It has chemical formula Template:Carbon5Template:Hydrogen10Template:Oxygen5.

Lyxose occurs only rarely in nature; for example, as a component bacterial glycolipids.[1]


  1. Kay-Hooi Khoo et al., Chemistry of the Lyxose-Containing Mycobacteriophage Receptors of Mycobacterium phlei/Mycobacterium smegmatis, Biochemistry, 35 (36), 11812-11819, 1996. Abstract

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