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Record Information
StatusDetected and Quantified
Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2020-06-15 17:04:52 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB01266
Metabolite Identification
Common NameL-Sorbose
DescriptionL-Sorbose, also known as L-sorbinose or L-xylo-hexulose, belongs to the class of organic compounds known as monosaccharides. Monosaccharides are compounds containing one carbohydrate unit not glycosidically linked to another such unit, and no set of two or more glycosidically linked carbohydrate units. Monosaccharides have the general formula CnH2nOn. L-Sorbose is an extremely weak basic (essentially neutral) compound (based on its pKa). L-Sorbose exists in all living species, ranging from bacteria to humans. The commercial production of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) often begins with sorbose. L-Sorbose (CAS: 87-79-6) is a ketose belonging to the group of sugars known as monosaccharides. Sorbose has been found to be a metabolites of Ketogulonicigenium (PMID: 15785002 ).
L(-) Sorbose for biochemistryHMDB
L-(-)-Sorbose 99%HMDB
Chemical FormulaC6H12O6
Average Molecular Weight180.1559
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight180.063388116
IUPAC Name(2R,3S,4R,5S)-2-(hydroxymethyl)oxane-2,3,4,5-tetrol
Traditional Nameα-L-sorbopyranose
CAS Registry Number470-15-5
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
Description belongs to the class of organic compounds known as monosaccharides. Monosaccharides are compounds containing one carbohydrate unit not glycosidically linked to another such unit, and no set of two or more glycosidically linked carbohydrate units. Monosaccharides have the general formula CnH2nOn.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic oxygen compounds
ClassOrganooxygen compounds
Sub ClassCarbohydrates and carbohydrate conjugates
Direct ParentMonosaccharides
Alternative Parents
  • Oxane
  • Monosaccharide
  • Secondary alcohol
  • Hemiacetal
  • Oxacycle
  • Organoheterocyclic compound
  • Polyol
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Primary alcohol
  • Alcohol
  • Aliphatic heteromonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic heteromonocyclic compounds
External Descriptors

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Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting Point165 °CNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water Solubility360 mg/mL at 17 °CNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility1190 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)10.29ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-3.5ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count6ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count5ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area110.38 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count1ChemAxon
Refractivity36.36 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability16.05 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings1ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleNoChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash KeyView
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (Non-derivatized) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-08fr-9700000000-3e5e0a3aa6c676c97701Spectrum
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (5 TMS) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-004i-8422790000-fda815da7846441c6ea7Spectrum
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 10V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0002-0900000000-ad56c2283c4948268668Spectrum
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 25V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-00ri-9600000000-f53f9ae5db12b8c07611Spectrum
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 40V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0079-9200000000-c3dabd4edd0fd062cfd4Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-01q9-0900000000-014681a0ceccca243630Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-03e9-2900000000-fdd4f1c2b01b7cd4a621Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-0c30-9200000000-a3afc1e71049f23145b0Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-00fu-9700000000-86b1b9f75df959e2158fSpectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-024i-9800000000-1acd95dd1e6f8744308fSpectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-0006-9000000000-545f59c3707e4298b57cSpectrum
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot AvailableSpectrum
2D NMR[1H,13C] 2D NMR SpectrumNot AvailableSpectrum
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Cytoplasm
Biospecimen Locations
  • Feces
  • Sweat
  • Urine
Tissue Locations
  • Adipose Tissue
  • Fibroblasts
  • Intestine
  • Kidney
  • Neuron
  • Pancreas
  • Placenta
  • Platelet
  • Prostate
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Testis
Normal Concentrations
FecesDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)Both
SweatDetected but not Quantified Adult BothNormal details
Abnormal Concentrations
FecesDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)Both
Colorectal cancer
UrineDetected and Quantified0.5 (0.0-1.0) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)Both
Prostate Cancer
UrineDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)BothBladder cancer details
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease References
Colorectal cancer
  1. Goedert JJ, Sampson JN, Moore SC, Xiao Q, Xiong X, Hayes RB, Ahn J, Shi J, Sinha R: Fecal metabolomics: assay performance and association with colorectal cancer. Carcinogenesis. 2014 Sep;35(9):2089-96. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgu131. Epub 2014 Jul 18. [PubMed:25037050 ]
Prostate cancer
  1. Sreekumar A, Poisson LM, Rajendiran TM, Khan AP, Cao Q, Yu J, Laxman B, Mehra R, Lonigro RJ, Li Y, Nyati MK, Ahsan A, Kalyana-Sundaram S, Han B, Cao X, Byun J, Omenn GS, Ghosh D, Pennathur S, Alexander DC, Berger A, Shuster JR, Wei JT, Varambally S, Beecher C, Chinnaiyan AM: Metabolomic profiles delineate potential role for sarcosine in prostate cancer progression. Nature. 2009 Feb 12;457(7231):910-4. doi: 10.1038/nature07762. [PubMed:19212411 ]
Associated OMIM IDs
DrugBank IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FooDB IDFDB001126
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID390208
KEGG Compound IDC08356
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkSorbose
PubChem Compound441484
ChEBI ID10295
Food Biomarker OntologyNot Available
Synthesis ReferenceBanjopnoppakun, Tanaphat; Moonmangmee, Somporn; Moonmangmee, Duangtip. Production of L-sorbose by thermotolerant acetic acid bacteria. Proceeding of the Kasetsart University Annual Conference, 44th, Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2006 (2006), 117-123.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Download (PDF)
General References
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General function:
Involved in zinc ion binding
Specific function:
Converts sorbitol to fructose. Part of the polyol pathway that plays an important role in sperm physiology. May play a role in the sperm motility by providing an energetic source for sperm (By similarity).
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Molecular weight:
L-Iditol + NAD → L-Sorbose + NADHdetails