Beta-Nitropropionic acid

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Beta-Nitropropionic acid
3-Nitropropanoic acid.png
CAS number 504-88-1
PubChem 1678
ChemSpider 1615
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C3H5NO4
Molar mass 119.08 g mol−1
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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beta-Nitropropionic acid (aka 3-nitropropanoic acid, BPA, 3-NPA, C3H5NO4) is a mycotoxin, a potent mitochondrial inhibitor,[1] toxic to humans. It is produced by a number of fungi, and found widely in food, in sugar cane, as well as Japanese fungally fermented staples miso, soy sauce, and katsuobushi.,[2] as well as in Traditional Chinese Medicine.[3]


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  2. ^ Advances in Food Mycology
  3. ^ Movement Disorders Possibly Induced by Traditional Chinese Herbs X.P. Wang, R.M. Yang, European Neurology 2003;50:153-159 doi:10.1159/000073056