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Identification of fructose 3-phosphate in the lens of diabetic rats

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Science  26 Jan 1990:
Vol. 247, Issue 4941, pp. 451-454
DOI: 10.1126/science.2300805

Abstract

Fructose 3-phosphate, a novel monosaccharide phosphate, has been identified in the lens of diabetic rats. This compound, which is not present in normal lenses, is a protein glycosylating agent and enzyme inactivator. In addition, because of its structural features, this metabolite is relatively labile and undergoes hydrolysis to yield inorganic phosphate and the potent glycosylating agent, 3-deoxyglucosone. The increase in the concentration of fructose 3-phosphate in the lens of diabetic rats suggests that it and its hydrolysis product, 3-deoxyglucosone, may be responsible in part for the development of some diabetic complications in the lens.

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