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|Molar mass||118.09 g mol−1|
184 °C, 457 K, 363 °F ()
235 °C, 508 K, 455 °F ()
|Solubility in water||58 g/L (20 °C)|
|Acidity (pKa)||pKa1 = 4.2
pKa2 = 5.6
|Flash point||206 °C (403 °F)|
|Other anions||sodium succinate|
|Related carboxylic acids||propionic acid
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Succinic acid (pron.: //; IUPAC systematic name: butanedioic acid; historically known as spirit of amber) is a diprotic, dicarboxylic acid with chemical formula C4H6O4 and structural formula HOOC-(CH2)2-COOH. It is a white, odorless solid. Succinate plays a role in the citric acid cycle, an energy-yielding process. The name derives from Latin succinum, meaning amber, from which the acid may be obtained.
Production and reactions 
Spirit of amber was originally obtained from amber by pulverising and distilling it using a sand bath. In the past it was chiefly used externally for rheumatic aches and pains, and internally in inveterate gleets.
In nutraceutical form as a food additive and dietary supplement, is safe and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As an excipient in pharmaceutical products it is used to control acidity and, more rarely, in effervescent tablets.
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- The interactive pathway map can be edited at WikiPathways: "TCACycle_WP78".
This conversion is catalysed by the enzyme succinate dehydrogenase (or complex II of the mitochondrial ETC). The complex is a 4 subunit membrane-bound lipoprotein which couples the oxidation of succinate to the reduction of ubiquinone. Intermediate electron carriers are FAD and three 2Fe-2S clusters part of subunit B.
Succinic acid is created as a byproduct of the fermentation of sugar. It lends to fermented beverages such as wine and beer a common taste that is a combination of saltiness, bitterness and acidity.
Salts formed by neutralizing succinic acid are called succinates. One example is sodium succinate, a white, water-soluble salt. Esters of succinic acid are also called succinates, one example being dimethylsuccinate with the formula (CH2CO2CH3)2.
Succinic acid is an important biochemical intermediate that occurs in all living creatures. Like other simple mono- and dicarboxylic acids, it is not considered dangerous, although it is a skin irritant.
See also 
- Oil of amber, procured by heating succinic acid.
- Record in the GESTIS Substance Database from the IFA
- Boy Cornils, Peter Lappe "Dicarboxylic Acids, Aliphatic" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry 2006, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a08_523
- Louis F. Fieser, E. L. Martin, R. L. Shriner, and H. C. Struck (1932), "Succinic Anhydride", Org. Synth. 12: 66; Coll. Vol. 2: 560.
- Zeikus, J. G.; Jain, M. K.; Elankovan, P. (1999). "Biotechnology of succinic acid production and markets for derived industrial products". Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 51 (5): 545. doi:10.1007/s002530051431.
- NNFCC Renewable Chemicals Factsheet: Succinic Acid
- Lachman, Leon; Joseph B. Schwartz (1990). Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms--tablets. p. 288. ISBN 0-8247-8044-2, 9780824780449 Check
- Peynaud, Emile (1984) Knowing and Making Wine.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.
|Citric Acid Cycle Metabolic Pathway|
|Acetyl-CoA||NADH + H+||NAD+||H2O||FADH2||FAD||CoA + ATP(GTP)||Pi + ADP(GDP)|
|+||H2O||NADH + H+ + CO2|
|H2O||H2O||NAD(P)+||NAD(P)H + H+||CO2|