Identification of 3,4-dihydroxy-2-oxo-butanal (L-threosone) as an intermediate compound in oxidative degradation of dehydro-L-ascorbic acid and 2,3-diketo-L-gulonic acid in a deuterium oxide phosphate buffer.

@article{Nishikawa2001IdentificationO3,
  title={Identification of 3,4-dihydroxy-2-oxo-butanal (L-threosone) as an intermediate compound in oxidative degradation of dehydro-L-ascorbic acid and 2,3-diketo-L-gulonic acid in a deuterium oxide phosphate buffer.},
  author={Yoshifumi Nishikawa and Yuka Toyoshima and Tadao Kurata},
  journal={Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry},
  year={2001},
  volume={65 8},
  pages={1707-12}
}
Dehydro-L-ascorbic acid (DAA), an oxidation product of L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), is unstable in the neutral and basic pH regions. When DAA was incubated in a phosphate buffer with deuterium oxide (pH 7.4), it was degraded to form the main degradation compound, which was identified as 3,4-dihydroxy-2-oxobutanal (L-threosone). This compound was also formed… CONTINUE READING