Kilani-Fischer Synthesis of D-Glucose and D-Mannose from D-Arabinose

Cyanohydrins are intermediates in the Kilani-Fischer synthesis of D-glucose and D-mannose from D-arabinose. While not an MCAT required reaction, Kilani-Fischer synthesis is useful to review because it emphasizes the usefulness of cyanohydrin formation for synthesis. Cyanohydrin formation creates new carbon-carbon bonds.


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