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2-Deoxy-D-galactose is used as an inhibitor of fucosylation, which is a process of adding hexose deoxy sugar units to a molecule. It is used for studying galactose uptake into Escherichia coli and also for competitive elution of Anadarin P lectin (a galactosyl-binding lectin from blood clam).
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Sørensen, M.; Frisch, K.; Bender, D.; Keiding, S. The potential use of 2-[18F] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-galactose as a PET/CT tracer for detection of hepatocellular carcinoma. Euro. J. Nucl. Med. Mol. Imaging 2011, 38 (9), 1723-1731.
Krug, M.; Jork, R.; Reymann, K.; Wagner, M.; Matthies, H. The amnesic substance 2-deoxy-D-galactose suppresses the maintenance of hippocampal LTP.