Agent Name

Vitamin B6

CAS Number

8059-24-3

Formula

Unspecified

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Vitamin B 6; Adermine; Vitamin H; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Vitamins and Derivatives

Sources/Uses

"VITAMIN B 6 refers to several PICOLINES (especially PYRIDOXINE; PYRIDOXAL; & PYRIDOXAMINE) that are efficiently converted by the body to PYRIDOXAL PHOSPHATE which is a coenzyme for synthesis of amino acids, neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine), sphingolipids, and aminolevulinic acid. During transamination of amino acids, pyridoxal phosphate is transiently converted into PYRIDOXAMINE phosphate. Although pyridoxine and Vitamin B 6 are still frequently used as synonyms, especially by medical researchers, this practice is erroneous and sometimes misleading (EE Snell; Ann NY Acad Sci, vol 585 pg 1, 1990). Most of vitamin B6 is eventually degraded to PYRIDOXIC ACID and excreted in the urine." [ChemIDplus] Pyridoxine hydrochloride (a form of vitamin B6) is used as a nutritional additive in animal feeds and considered safe for all species; [ExPub: EFSA - FEEDAP]

Comments

See "Pyridoxine hydrochloride."

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