Denatonium

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Denatonium benzoate
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Denatonium benzoate chemical structure part 2.svg
Identifiers
CAS number 3734-33-6 YesY
PubChem 19518
ChemSpider 18392 YesY
UNII M5BA6GAF1O YesY
ChEMBL CHEMBL1371493
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Properties
Molecular formula C28H34N2O3
Molar mass 446.581
Appearance white crystalline
Melting point 163-170 °C
Hazards
R-phrases R22 R36 R37 R38
S-phrases S26 S36[1]
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

Denatonium, usually available as denatonium benzoate (under trade names such as BITTER+PLUS, Bitrex or Aversion) and as denatonium saccharide, is the most bitter chemical compound known, with bitterness thresholds of 0.05 ppm for the benzoate and 0.01 ppm for the saccharide.[2] It was discovered in 1958 during research on local anesthetics by MacFarlan Smith of Edinburgh, Scotland, and registered under the trademark Bitrex.[3] Dilutions of as little as 10 ppm are unbearably bitter to most humans. Denatonium salts are usually colorless and odorless solids but are often traded as solutions. They are used as aversive agents (bitterants) to prevent accidental ingestion. Denatonium is used in denatured alcohol,[4] antifreeze, nail biting preventions, respirator mask fit-testing, animal repellents, liquid soaps, and shampoos. It is not known to pose any long-term health risks.[5]

Structure and physical properties[edit]

Denatonium is a quaternary ammonium cation. It is a compound of a salt with an inert anion like benzoate or saccharide. The structure of denatonium is related to the local anesthetic lidocaine, differing only by the addition of a benzyl group to the amino nitrogen.

Biochemistry[edit]

Denatonium in humans is recognized by eight distinct bitter taste receptors: TAS2R4, TAS2R8, TAS2R10, TAS2R39, TAS2R43, TAS2R16, TAS2R46, TAS2R47, with TAS2R47 being by far the most sensitive to the compound.[6][7]

Denatonium can act as a bronchodilator by activating bitter taste receptors in the airway smooth muscle.[8]

Applications[edit]

The bitterness of the compound guides most applications of denatonium. Denatonium benzoate is used to denature ethanol so that it is not treated as an alcoholic beverage with respect to taxation and sales restrictions. One designation in particular, SD-40B, indicates that ethanol has been denatured using denatonium benzoate. The common name for this chemical, denatonium, alludes to this application.

Denatonium is commonly included in placebo pills used in clinical trials to match the bitter taste of certain medications.

Denatonium also discourages consumption of harmful alcohols like methyl alcohol, and additives like ethylene glycol. Denatonium is used in rubbing alcohol as an inactive ingredient. It is also added to many kinds of harmful liquids including solvents (such as nail polish remover), paints, varnishes, toiletries and other personal care items, special nail polish for preventing nail biting, and various other household products. It is also added to less hazardous aerosol products (such as Gas dusters) to discourage inhalant abuse of the volatile vapors.

In 1995 the U.S. State of Oregon required that denatonium benzoate be added to antifreeze and windshield washer fluid. The addition is credited with saving children and animals who might otherwise drink sweet antifreeze or wiper fluid and get ethylene glycol or methanol poisoning respectively. As of December 2012, major marketers of antifreeze are adding a bittering agent such as denatonium benzoate to antifreeze in all 50 US states.

Animals are known to have different sensitivities to the effects of denatonium. It is used in some animal repellents (especially for such large mammals as deer). It has been used to safeguard rat poisons from human consumption,[9] as humans are able to detect denatonium at much lower concentrations than rodents.[10] However, some cats have been known to be tempted by them[clarification needed] — it may not be as effective a deterrent for cats as it is for humans, or perhaps some cats are not deterred due to a genetic factor similar to that affecting human perceptions of the taste of phenylthiocarbamide.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/catalog/product/aldrich/d5765
  2. ^ "Final Report Study of Aversive Agents". Consumer Product Safety Commission United States of America. 18 November 1992. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bitrex(R) — Branded Denatonium Benzoate". Macfarlan Smith. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Ethanol Denaturants". The Online Distillery Network. 1993-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Final Report Study of Aversive Agents". Consumer Product Safety Commission United States of America. 18 November 1992. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Meyerhof, W.; Batram, C.; Kuhn, C.; Brockhoff, A.; Chudoba, E.; Bufe, B.; Appendino, G.; Behrens, M. (2009). "The Molecular Receptive Ranges of Human TAS2R Bitter Taste Receptors". Chemical Senses 35 (2): 157–170. doi:10.1093/chemse/bjp092. PMID 20022913.  edit
  7. ^ "BitterDB - Denatonium benzoate". Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Deshpande, D. A.; Wang, W. C. H.; McIlmoyle, E. L.; Robinett, K. S.; Schillinger, R. M.; An, S. S.; Sham, J. S. K.; Liggett, S. B. (2010). "Bitter taste receptors on airway smooth muscle bronchodilate by localized calcium signaling and reverse obstruction". Nature Medicine 16 (11): 1299–1304. doi:10.1038/nm.2237. PMC 3066567. PMID 20972434.  edit
  9. ^ "Rats - Rat Poison & Rat Bait Stations". Pestcontrolshop.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  10. ^ Frank ME, Bouverat BP, MacKinnon BI, Hettinger TP. The distinctiveness of ionic and nonionic bitter stimuli. Physiol Behav. 2004 Jan;80(4):421-31. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2003.09.009