Glucose Molecule Chemical Structure

SKU: 62115

$39.25USD Each


Glucose is the most important monosaccharide (sugar) in terms of metabolism. Its chemical formula C6H12O6 barely hints at the vast range of possible of structural enantiomers (non-superimposable stereo-isomers) it can form. This kit has enough parts to build 3 molecular models of glucose in either ring (hemiacetal) or chain (aldose) form.

This molecular model kit can build all the naturally occurring D aldoses and ketoses & their enantiomeric L isomers. It can also show the inverted stereogenic centers when comparing D and L isomers. Monosaccharides can occur in cyclic form as 5 & 6 membered rings classified as furanose and pyranose rings or anomers. 

Build models of disaccharides such as maltose, sucrose or lactose. Or, make glucose trimer structures & comparing β(1→4) glycosidic bonds in cellulose, α(1→4) glycosidic bonds in amylose (starch) & α(1→4) glycosidic bonds & α(1→6) glycosidic side branches in glycogen. You can even build chitin, the insect structural equivalent to cellulose (needs 3 60311E nitrogen atoms as listed in Related Products below).

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Use the Indigo glucose molecular models kit in conjunction with our 3D molecular model builder to understand the differences between Fischer, Haworth and Chair forms of glucose or compare different enantiomers to understand chirality in carbohydrates. This tool will also allow you compare Molymod style models to wireframe types built in Orbit style with our 68799W Glucose Molecule Structure Models Kit.

You can even build a magnetic version of glucose with our AtoMag™ magnetic molecular model. Quickly change the position of any oxygen atom to show different structural isomers; magnetic hydrogens are optional. If you buy two, you can build any disaccharide. If you add oxygens, you can quickly see the similarity with cyclohexane. Glucose needs to be in the chair state for our enzymes to efficiently bind to it.


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Every Molymod molecular model kit sold by Indigo® Instruments is fully compatible with others you might own. If you ever lose a part you can replace it with our genuine Molymod Molecular Model Atoms & Bonds. See the entire range of Molymod Molecular Model Kits available from Indigo® Instruments.


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