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    (Original post by Zishi)
    In the first step the -CH(OH) - group is being changed into a -CO- group. This is 2º alcohol oxidised to ketone...
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    (Original post by charco)
    In the first step the -CH(OH) - group is being changed into a -CO- group. This is 2º alcohol oxidised to ketone...
    Okay, then what's happening with the OH on the adjacent carbon? How does that become CH3 from CH2OH ?
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    (Original post by Zishi)
    Okay, then what's happening with the OH on the adjacent carbon? How does that become CH3 from CH2OH ?
    The first CH2OH group has been reduced to a CH3, but that does not affect the fact that the second OH group has been oxidised to a ketone.

    This reaction is not straightforward as it's a biochemical procedure that goes via several steps (from what I remember it's about 12).

    The question has just summarised two of them.
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    (Original post by charco)
    The first CH2OH group has been reduced to a CH3, but that does not affect the fact that the second OH group has been oxidised to a ketone.

    This reaction is not straightforward as it's a biochemical procedure that goes via several steps (from what I remember it's about 12).

    The question has just summarised two of them.
    Thanks again. I just confused the oxidation of secondary alcohol with the oxidation of CH2OH to methyl group.
 
 
 
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