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Vanillylamine structure.svg
CAS number 1196-92-5
PubChem 70966
ChemSpider 64127
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C8H11NO2
Molar mass 153.18 g mol−1
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Vanillylamine is an alkaloid that is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of capsaicin.[1] Vanillylamine is produced from vanillin by the enzyme vanillin aminotransferase.[2] It is then converted with 8-methyl-6-nonenoic acid into capsaicin by the enzyme capsaicin synthase.[2]


  1. ^ Edward Leete and Mary C. L. Louden (1968). "Biosynthesis of capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin in Capsicum frutescens". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 90 (24): 6837–6841. doi:10.1021/ja01026a049. PMID 5687710. 
  2. ^ a b "MetaCyc Pathway: capsaicin biosynthesis". MetaCyc.