L-Arabinose is an arabinose isomer widely found in nature, while D-arabinose is less common. L-Arabinose is a constituent of many biopolymers that make up plant cell walls.
This monosaccharide is often used in cell culture media, serving as a bacterial carbon source, and can be used to distinguish between bacteria based on their fermentation abilities.
L-Arabinose, in the absence of glucose, induces transcription of the ara operon in E. coli that encodes L-arabinose catabolizing enzymes. It does this by binding to the AraC protein and activating the PBAD promoter. The PBAD promoter is used in plasmid vectors as a switch for protein expression that can be turned on by L-arabinose or turned off by addition of glucose.
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY GRADE
MW: 150.13 g/mol
Merck Index: 13,765
Storage/Handling: Store at room temperature.
PubChem Chemical ID: 854
|Grade||MOLECULAR BIOLOGY GRADE|
|Storage/Handling||Store at room temperature.|