Name: Tagatose
Type: small molecule
Groups: investigational
Indication: Intended for use as a therapeutic adjunct in the treatment of type II diabetes.
Accession Number: DB04936 ( DB04936)
Description: Tagatose is a functional sweetener. It is a naturally occurring monosaccharide, specifically a hexose. It is often found in dairy products, and is very similar in texture to sucrose (table sugar) and is 92% as sweet, but with only 38% of the calories. It is approved as a food additive as a low calorie sweetener. Additionally, it is under investigation by Spherix for the treatment of obesity and type II diabetes.
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  • Iron Chelating Agents


Indication: Intended for use as a therapeutic adjunct in the treatment of type II diabetes.
Pharmacodynamics: Not Available
Mechanism of action: he steps in the metabolism of tagatose are identical to those for fructose or fruit sugar but tagatose is incompletely absorbed. Only 15-20 percent of tagatose is absorbed in the small intestine. The major part of ingested tagatose is fermented in the colon by indigenous microflora, resulting in the production of short-chain fatty acids. The short chain fatty acids are absorbed almost completely and metabolized.
Absorption: Only 15-20 percent of tagatose is absorbed in the small intestine.
Volume of distribution: Not Available
Protein binding: Not Available
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Route of elimination: Not Available
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Kingdom: Organic compounds
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Alternative Parents:
  • 1,2-diols
  • Acyloins
  • Alpha-hydroxy ketones
  • Beta ketoaldehydes
  • Beta-hydroxy ketones
  • Hydrocarbon derivatives
  • Primary alcohols
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  • 1,2-diol
  • Acyloin
  • Alcohol
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
  • Alpha-hydroxy ketone
  • Beta-hydroxy ketone
  • Beta-ketoaldehyde
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  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Ketone
  • Monosaccharide
  • Polyol
  • Primary alcohol
  • Secondary alcohol


Synthesis Reference: Not Available
General Reference: # Donner TW, Wilber JF, Ostrowski D: D-tagatose, a novel hexose: acute effects on carbohydrate tolerance in subjects with and without type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Obes Metab. 1999 Sep;1(5):285-91. "Pubmed":
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