Agent Name

Shikimic acid

CAS Number

138-59-0

Formula

C7-H10-O5

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

1-Cyclohexene-1-carboxylic acid, 3,4,5-trihydroxy-, (3R-(3alpha,4alpha,5beta))-; 3,4,5-Trihydroxy-1-cyclohexene-1-carboxylic acid; 3alpha,4alpha,5beta-Trihydroxy-1-cyclohexene-1-carboxylic acid; Bracken fern toxic component; Shikimate; Shikimic acid; (3R,4S,5R)-3,4,5-Trihydroxycyclohex-1-enecarboxylic acid; [ChemIDplus] (-) -Shikimic acid; [MSDSonline]

Category

Organic Acids

Description

Solid; [Merck Index] White powder; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Active component in the flotation reagent Quebracho; [HSDB] Precursor of the aromatic nucleus of tocopherols synthesized by algae and higher plants; Also a precursor in the biosynthesis of the naphthoquinone ring of vitamin K by plants and bacteria; L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine, and L-tryptophan are synthesized in nature in the shikimic acid pathway; [Ullmann]

Comments

May cause irritation; [MSDSonline] Intraperitoneal LD50 (mouse) = 1,000 mg/kg; [HSDB]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

5.0E-9 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
IARC Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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