In a furanose, do alpha/beta anomers even exist? If so, what conditions would alpha be favored over beta?

asked by @nicks58 • almost 2 years ago • Organic Chemistry • 5 pts
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Hey there!

Totally. Furanose rings have alpha and beta anomers just like pyranose rings do. The favored anomer really depends on the exact sugar.

For example, ribose prefers to cyclize into a b-ribofuranose, but some other monosaccharides prefer the alpha form. The ability to determine which is favored falls outside of the scope of undergraduate organic chemistry.

Hope this helps!

answered by @johnny • almost 2 years ago