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|Melting point||220 °C|
|Solubility in water||39.7 g/L (100°C)|
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Hydantoin, or glycolylurea, is a heterocyclic organic compound with the formula CH2C(O)NHC(O)NH. It is a colorless solid that arises from the reaction of glycolic acid and urea. It is an oxidized derivative of imidazolidine. In a more general sense, hydantoins can refer to a groups and a class of compounds with the same ring structure as the parent. For example, phenytoin (mentioned below) has two phenyl groups substituted onto the number 5 carbon in a hydantoin molecule.
Hydantoin was first isolated in 1861 by Adolf von Baeyer in the course of his study of uric acid. He obtained it by hydrogenation of allantoin, hence the name. Urech in 1873 synthesized 5-methylhydantoin from alanine sulfate and potassium cyanate in what is now known as the Urech hydantoin synthesis The method is very similar to the modern route using alkyl and arylcyanates. The 5,5-dimethyl compound can also be obtained from acetone cyanohydrin (also discovered by Urech: see cyanohydrin reaction) and ammonium carbonate. This reaction type is called the Bucherer–Bergs reaction.
Uses and occurrence
Hydantoin group can be found in several medicinally important compounds. In pharmaceuticals, 'hydantoins' most often refer to anticonvulsants; phenytoin and fosphenytoin both contain hydantoin moieties and are both used as anticonvulsants in the treatment of seizure disorders. The hydantoin derivative Dantrolene is used as a muscle relaxant in malignant hyperthermia, and is also used in neuroleptic malignant syndrome, spasticity, and ecstasy intoxication.
Synthesis of amino acids
Hydrolysis of hydantoins affords amino acids:
- RCHC(O)NHC(O)NH + H2O → RCHC(NH2)CO2H + NH3
Some N-Halogenated derivatives of hydantoin are used as chlorinating or brominating agents in disinfectant/sanitizer or biocide products. The three major N-halogenated derivatives are dichlorodimethylhydantoin (DCDMH), bromochlorodimethylhydantoin (BCDMH), and dibromodimethylhydantoin (DBDMH).
DNA Oxidation to hydantoins after cell death
A high proportion of cytosine and thymine bases in DNA are oxidized to hydantoins over time after the death of an organism. Such modifications block DNA polymerases and thus prevents PCR from working. Such damage is a problem when dealing with ancient DNA samples.
- CID 10006 from PubChem
- Hazard DB: Hydantoin
- Hydantoin in the ChemIDplus database
-  English Translation of 1926 German review article on the Preparation of hydantoins by Heinrich Biltz and Karl Slotta
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- Urech, Ann., 165, 99 (1873).
- Organic Syntheses, Coll. Vol. 3, p.323 (1955); Vol. 20, p.42 (1940) Link.
- Bucherer and Steiner, J. prakt. Chem., 140, 291 (1934).
- Bergs, Ger. pat. 566,094 (1929) [C. A., 27, 1001 (1933)].
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