2,3-Dihydroxybenzoic acid

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2,3-Dihydroxybenzoic acid
IUPAC name
2,3-Dihydroxybenzoic acid
Other names
Hypogallic acid; 2-Pyrocatechuic acid; o-Pyrocatechuic acid
3D model (JSmol)
Abbreviations 2,3-DHBA; 2,3-DHB
ECHA InfoCard 100.005.582
Molar mass 154.121 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless solid
Melting point 204 to 206 °C (399 to 403 °F; 477 to 479 K)
26 g/L at 22C
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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2,3-Dihydroxybenzoic acid is a natural phenol found in Phyllanthus acidus[1] and in the aquatic fern Salvinia molesta.[2] It is also abundant in the fruits of Flacourtia inermis. It is a dihydroxybenzoic acid, a type of organic compound. The colorless solid occurs naturally, being formed via the shikimate pathway. It is incorporated into various siderophores, which are molecules that strongly complex iron ions for absorption into bacteria. 2,3-DHB consists of a catechol group, which upon deprotonation binds iron centers very strongly, and the carboxylic acid group by which the ring attaches to various scaffolds through amide bonds. A famous high affinity siderophore is enterochelin, which contains three dihydroxybenzoyl substituents linked to the depsipeptide of serine.[3][4]

It is a potentially useful iron-chelating drug[5] and has antimicrobial properties.[6][7][8]

2,3-Dihydroxybenzoic acid is also a product of human aspirin metabolism.[9]


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  6. ^ Shibumon George; Benny PJ; Sunny Kuriakose; Cincy George (2011). "Antibiotic activity of 2, 3-dihydroxybenzoic acid isolated from Flacourtia inermis fruit against multidrug resistant bacteria". Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research. 4 (1).
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  8. ^ George Shibumon; Benny PJ; Kuriakose Sunny; George Cincy; Gopalakrishnan Sarala (2011). "Antiprotozoal activity of 2, 3-dihydroxybenzoic acid isolated from the fruit extracts of Flacourtia inermis Roxb". Medicinal Plants - International Journal of Phytomedicines and Related Industries. 3 (3): 237–241. doi:10.5958/j.0975-4261.3.3.038.
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