An unambiguous nomenclature for xyloglucan‐derived oligosaccharides

Stephen C. Fry*, William S. York, Peter Albersheim, Alan Darvill, Takahisa Hayashi, Jean‐Paul ‐P Joseleau, Yoji Kato, Ester Pérez Lorences, Gordon A. Maclachlan, Michael McNeil, Andrew J. Mort, J. S. Grant Reid, Hanns Ulrich Seitz, Robert R. Selvendran, Alphons G.J. Voragen, Alan R. White

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A revised system of abbreviated names is proposed for xyloglucan‐derived oligosaccharides. Each (1→4)‐linked β‐d‐glucosyl residue (and the reducing terminal d‐glucose moiety) of the backbone is given a one‐letter code according to its substituents. The name of the oligosaccharide consists of these code letters listed in sequence from non‐reducing to reducing terminus of the backbone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalPhysiologia plantarum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1993


  • Abbreviations
  • nomenclature
  • oligosaccharides
  • xyloglucan


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