Butyrylcholine

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Butyrylcholine
Butyrylcholine
Identifiers
CAS number 3922-86-9
ChemSpider 13856024 YesY
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Properties
Molecular formula C9H20NO2+
Molar mass 174.262 g/mol
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Butyrylcholine is an acetylcholine-like molecule, with activation of some of the same receptors as acetylcholine. It is hydrolysed by butyrylcholinesterase (also known as pseudocholinesterase). Butyrylcholine is a synthetic compound and does not occur in the body naturally. It is used as a tool to distinguish between acetyl- and butyrylcholinesterase.

Butyrylcholinesterase is also called serum cholinesterase. It is very similar to the neuronal acetylcholinesterase.

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