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215 °C, 488 K, 419 °F (decomposes)
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Kainic acid is a natural marine acid present in some seaweed. It is a specific agonist for the kainate receptor used as an ionotropic glutamate receptor which mimics the effect of glutamate. Along with quisqualate, it is used in experiments to distinguish a receptor from the other ionotropic receptors for glutamate such as NMDA and AMPA.
Kainic acid is a potent central nervous system stimulant, and has been developed as the prototype neuroexcitatory amino acid for the induction of seizures in experimental animals, at a typical dose of 10-30 mg/kg in mice. Kainic acid is neuroexcitotoxic and epileptogenic, acting through specific kainate receptors. Because of the supply shortage in 2000, the price of kainic acid has risen significantly.
- antiworming agent
- neuroscience research
See also 
- PubChem 10255
- Moloney, Mark G. (1998). "Excitatory amino acids". Natural Product Reports 15 (2): 205–219. doi:10.1039/a815205y. PMID 9586226.