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Heptanoic acid

C7:0 Fatty acid

This high purity fatty acid methyl ester is ideal as a standard and for biological studies. Hexanoic acid is a short-chain fatty acid that has important biological functions and properties. It has been demonstrated to be able to induce resistance in some plants against certain bacteria and fungi.1,2 X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is an inherited disorder of peroxisomal metabolism and is characterized by deficient -oxidation of saturated very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA) resulting in an accumulation of VLCFA and a subsequent decrease in shorter fatty acids such as hexanoic acid. Sphingolipids are normally acylated with long-chain fatty acids and are critical in many biological functions. When acylated with shorter fatty acids these sphingolipids can more easily cross the cell membrane barrier.3 Hexanoic acid is a saturated fatty acid and saturated fatty acids have been found to cause moderate risk of coronary heart disease as compared with polyunsaturated fatty acids and they significantly lower the total cholesterol/high density lipoprotein-cholesterol ratio as compared with carbohydrates.4
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1196 1 gram £89.06

Additional Information

Property Value or Rating
Product Size 1 gram
Manufacturer Matreya, LLC
Empirical Formula C7H14O2
CAS# 111-14-8
Formula Weight 130
Solvent none
Source natural
Purity 99%
Analytical Methods TLC, GC
Natural Source plant
Solubility chloroform, ethanol, ethyl ether
Physical Appearance liquid
Storage room temperature
Dry Ice No
Hazardous No

1. L. Grislain et al. “Metabolism of amineptine in rat, dog and man” Eur J Drug Metab Pharmacokinet., vol. 15 pp. 339-345, 1990 
2. R. Aparicio et al. “Detection of Rancid Defect in Virgin Olive Oil by the Electronic Nose” J. Agric. Food Chem, vol. 48 pp. 853-860, 2000 
3. George A. Burdock, Giovanni Fenaroli (Prof. Dr.), Flavor ingredients, CRC Press, 2004 
4. P. Jones, Y. Butt, and M. Bennett “Effects of odd-numbered medium-chain fatty acids on the accumulation of long-chain 3-hydroxy-fatty acids in long-chain L-3-hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase and mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficient skin fibroblasts” Mol Genet Metab., vol. 81 pp96-99, 2004

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