Kainic acid

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MedKoo CAT#: 540253

CAS#: 487-79-6

Description: Kainic acid is an excitatory amino acid and AMPA and kainate receptor agonist found in seaweed. It increases glutamate release and stimulates Na channels, inducing seizures.

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Kainic acid purity > 98%, is in stock. Current shipping out time is about 2 weeks after order is received. CoA, QC data and MSDS documents are available in one week after order is received.

Chemical Structure


Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 540253
Name: Kainic acid
CAS#: 487-79-6
Chemical Formula: C10H15NO4
Exact Mass: 213.1001
Molecular Weight: 213.23
Elemental Analysis: C, 56.33; H, 7.09; N, 6.57; O, 30.01

Synonym: Digenin; Helminal; Digenic acid; Kainic acid

IUPAC/Chemical Name: (2S,3S,4S)-3-(carboxymethyl)-4-(prop-1-en-2-yl)pyrrolidine-2-carboxylic acid


InChi Code: InChI=1S/C10H15NO4/c1-5(2)7-4-11-9(10(14)15)6(7)3-8(12)13/h6-7,9,11H,1,3-4H2,2H3,(H,12,13)(H,14,15)/t6-,7+,9-/m0/s1

SMILES Code: O=C(O)C[C@@H]1[C@@H](C(O)=O)NC[C@@H]1C(C)=C

Technical Data

Solid powder

>98% (or refer to the Certificate of Analysis)

Shipping Condition:
Shipped under ambient temperature as non-hazardous chemical. This product is stable enough for a few weeks during ordinary shipping and time spent in Customs.

Storage Condition:
Dry, dark and at 0 - 4 C for short term (days to weeks) or -20 C for long term (months to years).

Soluble in DMSO

Shelf Life:
>2 years if stored properly

Drug Formulation:
This drug may be formulated in DMSO

Stock Solution Storage:
0 - 4 C for short term (days to weeks), or -20 C for long term (months).

Harmonized System Code:


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