CARBOHYDRATES OF THE PROSTATE OF TWO AUSTRALIAN MARSUPIALS, TRICHOSURUS VULPECULA AND MEGALEIA RUFA

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Summary.

Total carbohydrate, glucose, fructose and resorcinol-reactive material were estimated in homogenates of the prostates of brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) and red kangaroo (Megaleia rufa). Fructose was virtually absent from the gland in both species. Glucose occurred in quite considerable quantities in the posterior segment of the prostate of M. rufa (92·2 mg/100 g) and to a lesser extent in the small anterior segment of T. vulpecula (22·4 mg/100 g). The posterior prostate of T. vulpecula contained an unidentified material which reacted with the resorcinol reagent as fructose (51·2 mg/100 g) but did not appear to be fructose or a commonly occurring ketose.

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