Agent Name

Sarcosine hydrochloride

CAS Number

637-96-7

Formula

C3-H7-N-O2.Cl-H

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Glycine, N-methyl-, hydrochloride; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Amino Acids and Derivatives

Description

Solid; [Merck Index] White crystalline solid; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

"An amino acid intermediate in the metabolism of choline." [ChemIDplus] Used as an intermediate (anti-enzyme agents for toothpaste); [Merck Index] "Sarcosine, also known as N-methylglycine, is an intermediate and byproduct in glycine synthesis and degradation. . . . Sarcosine is a natural amino acid found in muscles and other body tissues. In the laboratory, it may be synthesized from chloroacetic acid and methylamine. Sarcosine is found naturally as an intermediate in the metabolism of choline to glycine. Sarcosine is sweet to the taste and dissolves in water. It is used in manufacturing biodegradable surfactants and toothpastes as well as in other applications." [Wikipedia]

Comments

May cause irritation; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

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