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Created at2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Updated at2022-01-25 19:39:37 UTC
NP-MRD IDNP0000332
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Natural Product Identification
Common NameAlpha-Lactose
DescriptionAlpha-Lactose is the major sugar present in milk and the main source of energy supplied to the newborn mammalian in its mother's milk. Lactose is also an important osmotic regulator of lactation. It is digested by the intestinal lactase (EC, An enzyme expressed in newborns. Its activity declines following weaning. As a result, adult mammals are normally lactose-intolerant and more than 75% of the human adult population suffers from lactase deficiency. Lactase deficiency is present in up to 80 percent of blacks and Latinos, and up to 100 percent of American Indians and Asians. Persons with lactose intolerance are unable to digest significant amounts of lactose. Common symptoms include abdominal pain and bloating, excessive flatus, and watery stool following the ingestion of foods containing lactose. A sizable number of adults believe they are lactose intolerant but do not actually have impaired lactose digestion, and some persons with lactase deficiency can tolerate moderate amounts of ingested lactose. A diagnosis of lactose intolerance can usually be made with a careful history supported by dietary manipulation. If necessary, diagnosis can be confirmed by using a breath hydrogen or lactose tolerance test. These mostly uncomfortable symptoms of lactose maldigestion are blamed for a variably dairy consumption. There is, however, emerging evidence that certain lactic acid-producing bacteria, which selectively consume prebiotics, may be beneficial against some lower intestinal diseases. Lactose maldigestion and lactose should perhaps be re-evaluated as a potential provider of such a prebiotic. Treatment consists primarily of avoiding lactose-containing foods. Lactase enzyme supplements may be helpful. The degree of lactose malabsorption varies greatly among patients with lactose intolerance, but most of them can ingest up to 350 mL of milk daily without symptoms. Lactose-intolerant patients must ensure adequate calcium intake. (PMID: 13130292 , 12216958 , 12197838 , 12018807 ). Lactose in the urine is a biomarker for the consumption of milk.
Anhydrous lactoseChEBI
Milk sugarChEBI
Fast-flo lactoseHMDB
Flowlac 100HMDB
Granulac 140mHMDB
Lactin (carbohydrate)HMDB
Lactohale 300HMDB
Lactose anhydrideHMDB
Lactose fast-floHMDB
Pharmatosa DCL 21HMDB
Pharmatose 21HMDB
Pharmatose 325mHMDB
Pharmatose DCL 15HMDB
Respitose ML 003HMDB
Respitose SV 003HMDB
Saccharum lactinHMDB
Sorbalac 400HMDB
Sorbolac 400HMDB
Tablettose 70HMDB
Tablettose 80HMDB
Zeparox epHMDB
Lactose, anhydrousHMDB
Chemical FormulaC12H22O11
Average Mass342.2965 Da
Monoisotopic Mass342.11621 Da
IUPAC Name(2R,3R,4S,5R,6S)-2-(hydroxymethyl)-6-{[(2R,3S,4R,5R,6S)-4,5,6-trihydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)oxan-3-yl]oxy}oxane-3,4,5-triol
Traditional Nameα-lactose
CAS Registry Number63-42-3
InChI Identifier
Spectrum TypeDescriptionDepositor IDDeposition DateView
1D NMR1H NMR Spectrum (1D, 500 MHz, H2O, experimental)Wishart Lab2021-06-20View Spectrum
2D NMR[1H, 13C]-HSQC NMR Spectrum (2D, 400 MHz, H2O, experimental)Wishart Lab2021-06-20View Spectrum
1D NMR13C NMR Spectrum (1D, 400 MHz, H2O, simulated)V.dorna832021-08-08View Spectrum
1D NMR1H NMR Spectrum (1D, 700 MHz, H2O, simulated)Ahselim2022-02-02View Spectrum
1D NMR1H NMR Spectrum (1D, 700 MHz, H2O, experimental)Ahselim2022-02-02View Spectrum
Species of Origin
  • Animalia
  • Eubacteria
  • Chemical Taxonomy
    Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as o-glycosyl compounds. These are glycoside in which a sugar group is bonded through one carbon to another group via a O-glycosidic bond.
    KingdomOrganic compounds
    Super ClassOrganic oxygen compounds
    ClassOrganooxygen compounds
    Sub ClassCarbohydrates and carbohydrate conjugates
    Direct ParentO-glycosyl compounds
    Alternative Parents
    • O-glycosyl compound
    • Disaccharide
    • Oxane
    • Secondary alcohol
    • Hemiacetal
    • Oxacycle
    • Organoheterocyclic compound
    • Polyol
    • Acetal
    • Hydrocarbon derivative
    • Primary alcohol
    • Alcohol
    • Aliphatic heteromonocyclic compound
    Molecular FrameworkAliphatic heteromonocyclic compounds
    External Descriptors
    Physical Properties
    Experimental Properties
    Melting Point201 - 202 °CNot Available
    Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
    Water Solubility195 mg/mL at 20 °CNot Available
    LogPNot AvailableNot Available
    Predicted Properties
    Water Solubility586 g/LALOGPS
    logP10(-3) g/LALOGPS
    logP10(-4.7) g/LChemAxon
    logS10(0.23) g/LALOGPS
    pKa (Strongest Acidic)11.25ChemAxon
    pKa (Strongest Basic)-3ChemAxon
    Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
    Hydrogen Acceptor Count11ChemAxon
    Hydrogen Donor Count8ChemAxon
    Polar Surface Area189.53 ŲChemAxon
    Rotatable Bond Count4ChemAxon
    Refractivity68.34 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
    Polarizability30.92 ųChemAxon
    Number of Rings2ChemAxon
    Rule of FiveNoChemAxon
    Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
    Veber's RuleNoChemAxon
    MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
    HMDB IDHMDB0000186
    DrugBank IDNot Available
    Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
    FoodDB IDFDB021789
    KNApSAcK IDC00001136
    Chemspider ID76293
    KEGG Compound IDC00243
    BiGG ID34366
    Wikipedia LinkNot Available
    METLIN ID267
    PubChem Compound84571
    PDB IDNot Available
    ChEBI ID36219
    Good Scents IDNot Available
    General References
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