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Animation: Synthesis of Sucrose

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Let's take a look at the synthesis of sucrose, or table sugar, from glucose and fructose. Glucose and fructose exist in equilibrium between straight-chain and ring conformations. During the formation of sucrose, a glycosidic linkage is formed between the number 1 carbon of the glucose molecule, shown here in its ring conformation, and the oxygen atom attached to the number 2 carbon of the fructose molecule.
Let's take a look at the synthesis of sucrose, or table sugar, from glucose and fructose. Glucose and fructose exist in equilibrium between straight-chain and ring conformations. During the formation of sucrose, a glycosidic linkage is formed between the number 1 carbon of the glucose molecule, shown here in its ring conformation, and the oxygen atom attached to the number 2 carbon of the fructose molecule.