Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

C.R. Haymaker

Second Advisor

Virgil Roach


The research or Dr. Hiram Benjamin of the Marquette University Medical School on the intravenous injection of an aqueous solution of' okra powder for ulcer therapy resulted in investigations concerning its suitability as a · p1asma extender. Transfusion trials on dogs were so encouraging that its potential as a human volemic was readily recognized.

Since such use would require detailed knowledge of the polysaceharide's constitution for toxicity and metabolic evaluations, research was needed to elucidate the nature or the polysaccharide macromolecule. Observing the lack of any reported data concerning okra, Dr. Kenneth Brown or the Biochemistry Department or the Marquette Medical School. saw the feasibility of hydrolyzing the polysaccharide obtained from the okra pods and of the use of chromatography to detect the sugars formed. Initially Dr. Brown and the author tried several chromatographic columns in hopes of isolating sufficient quantities of the sugars for derivative formation. As will be shown it was found necessary to employ paper chromatography to obtain the desired information.


A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Chemistry Department Marquette University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science

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