|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||302.45 g mol−1|
|Appearance||yellow resinous powder, crystals or chunks. Monoclinic plates (from EtOH/water).|
|Melting point||140 °C; 284 °F; 413 K|
|Boiling point||439.5 °C; 823.1 °F; 712.6 K|
|Solubility in water||Very soluble in acetone, petroleum ether, Et2O, and ethanol.|
|Main hazards||Irritant, Not Good For Nature|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
Abietic acid (also known as abietinic acid or sylvic acid) is an organic compound that occurs widely in trees. It is the primary component of resin acid, is the primary irritant in pine wood and resin, isolated from rosin (via isomerization) and is the most abundant of several closely related organic acids that constitute most of rosin, the solid portion of the oleoresin of coniferous trees. Its ester is called an abietate.
Abietic acid is extracted from tree rosin. The pure material is a colourless solid, but commercial samples are usually glassy or partly crystalline yellowish solid that melts at temperatures as low as 85 °C (185 °F).
It belongs to the abietane diterpene group of organic compounds (compounds derived from four isoprene units). It is used in lacquers, varnishes, and soaps, and for the analysis of resins and the preparation of metal resinates. It is found in Pinus insularis (Khasi Pine), Pinus kesiya Royle, Pinus strobus (Eastern White Pine), Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine).
Rosin has been used for centuries for caulking ships. It is also rubbed on the bows of musical instruments to make them less slippery. In modern times methods have been developed for improving the properties of the rosin acids, which are otherwise soft, tacky, and low-melting and subject to rapid deterioration by oxidation in air. Stability is greatly increased by heat treatment.
Resin acids are converted into ester gum by reaction with controlled amounts of glycerol or other polyhydric alcohols. Ester gum has drying properties and is used in paints, varnishes, and lacquers.
In vitro effects
The 50% ethanol extracts from Resina pini of Pinus sp. (Pinaceae) showed inhibitory activity against testosterone 5α-reductase prepared from rat prostate. The fraction responsible for this activity was purified, and the active constituent was isolated and identified as abietic acid which exhibited potent testosterone 5α-reductase inhibitory activity in vitro.
Abietic acid is considered a "nonhazardous natural substances" in tall oil. In the U.S., it is listed in the Toxic Substances Control Act inventory. Abietic acid is a contact allergen; however, compounds resulting of its oxidation by air elicit stronger response. It is soluble in alcohols, acetone, and ethers.
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