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D-(-)-Arabinose is used in culture media for some bacteria. It serves as a component of biopolymers such as hemicellulose and pectin. In the synthetic biology laboratory, it is employed as a reversible switch for protein expression under the Pbad promoter (i.e. part of plasmids) in E. coli. Further, it acts as an inhibitor of the enzyme glucose dehydrogenase. In addition to this, it is used as a pharmaceutical intermediate and food additive.
Chiral building block. For use in the synthesis of a chiral quinuclidine-3,5-diol, see: J. Chem. Soc., Perkin 1, 1065 (1989).
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Singh, V.; Banipal, P. K.; Banipal, T. S.; Gardas, R. L. Volumetric properties of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide in aqueous solutions of d(-)-ribose and d(-)-arabinose at different temperatures. J. Mol. Liq. 2015, 209, 352-357.