Beta-D-ribose is a colorless, odorlesscrystalline compound, highly soluble in water but less soluble in alcohol. It is an aldopentose.
Production and presence
The molecule occurs in allliving organisms as the carbohydrate component of RNA. The sugar-phosphate backbone of the RNA consists of ribose and phosphate molecules. Nitrogen-containingorganic bases, which encode the amino acid sequence of proteins are attached to the ribose molecules. It is also found in nucleotidecoenzymes such as NAD, NADP and ATP.