Alliin

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Alliin
Alliin skeletal view
Alliin ball view
Identifiers
CAS number 556-27-4 N
ChemSpider 7850537 YesY
ChEMBL CHEMBL464166 N
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Properties
Molecular formula C6H11NO3S
Molar mass 177.22 g/mol
Appearance White to off white crystalline powder
Melting point 163–165 °C (325–329 °F)
Solubility in water Soluble
Hazards
MSDS External MSDS
NFPA 704
Flammability code 1: Must be pre-heated before ignition can occur. Flash point over 93 °C (200 °F). E.g., canola oil Health code 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g., turpentine Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Infobox references

Alliin /ˈæli.ɪn/ is a sulfoxide that is a natural constituent of fresh garlic.[1] It is a derivative of the amino acid cysteine. When fresh garlic is chopped or crushed, the enzyme alliinase converts alliin into allicin, which is responsible for the aroma of fresh garlic. Garlic has been used since antiquity as a therapeutic remedy for certain conditions now associated with oxygen toxicity, and, when this was investigated, garlic did indeed show strong antioxidant and hydroxyl radical-scavenging properties, it is presumed owing to the alliin contained within.[2]

Alliin has been found to affect immune responses in blood.[3]

Alliin was the first natural product found to have both carbon- and sulfur-centered stereochemistry.[4]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Iberl, B et al. (1990). "Quantitative Determination of Allicin and Alliin from Garlic by HPLC". Planta Med 56 (3): 320–326. doi:10.1055/s-2006-960969. PMID 17221429. 
  2. ^ Kourounakis, PN; Rekka, EA (November 1991). "Effect on active oxygen species of alliin and Allium sativum (garlic) powder". Res Commun Chem Pathol Pharmacol. 74 (2): 249–252. PMID 1667340. 
  3. ^ Salman, H et al. (September 1999). "Effect of a garlic derivative (alliin) on peripheral blood cell immune responses". Int J Immunopharmacol. 21 (9): 589–597. doi:10.1016/S0192-0561(99)00038-7. PMID 10501628. 
  4. ^ Eric Block (2009). Garlic and other alliums: the lore and the science. Royal Society of Chemistry. pp. 100–106.