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IUPAC name
4205-23-6 (D) YesY
6027-89-0 (L)
ChEBI CHEBI:37695 YesY
ChemSpider 146783 YesY
DrugBank DB01914 YesY
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PubChem 167792
Molar mass 180.16 g·mol−1
Melting point syrup
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Gulose is an aldohexose sugar. It is a monosaccharide that is very rare in nature, but has been found in archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes.[2] It also exists as a syrup with a sweet taste. It is soluble in water and slightly soluble in methanol. Both the D- and L-forms are not fermentable by yeast.

Gulose is a C-3 epimer of galactose.


  1. ^ Merck Index, 11th Edition, 4490
  2. ^ Swain, M., Brisson, J. R., Sprott, G. D., Cooper, F. P. and Patel, G. B. (1997). "Identification of β-L-gulose as the sugar moiety of the main polar lipid Thermoplasma acidophilum". Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1345 (1): 56–64. doi:10.1016/s0005-2760(96)00163-4. PMID 9084501.