Agent Name

N-Formylmethionine

CAS Number

4289-98-9

Formula

C6-H11-N-O3-S

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

L-Methionine, N-formyl-; [ChemIDplus] N-Formyl-L-methionine; fMet; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Category

Amino Acids and Derivatives

Description

Solid; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

"Effective in the initiation of protein synthesis. The initiating methionine residue enters the ribosome as N-formylmethionyl tRNA. This process occurs in Escherichia coli and other bacteria as well as in the mitochondria of eukaryotic cells." [ChemIDplus] "N-Formylmethionine (fMet) is a derivative of the amino acid methionine in which a formyl group has been added to the amino group. It is specifically used for initiation of protein synthesis from bacterial and organellar genes, and may be removed post-translationally." [Wikipedia]

Comments

Not considered hazardous by GHS classification; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

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