6-(Methylsulfinyl)hexyl isothiocyanate

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6-(Methylsulfinyl)hexyl isothiocyanate
6-(Methylsulfinyl)hexyl isothiocyanate.svg
Names
Preferred IUPAC name
1-Isothiocyanato-6-(methanesulfinyl)hexane
Other names
6-MITC; 6-MSITC; Hesperin
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
ChEBI
ChEMBL
ChemSpider
UNII
  • InChI=1S/C8H15NOS2/c1-12(10)7-5-3-2-4-6-9-8-11/h2-7H2,1H3
    Key: XQZVZULJKVALRI-UHFFFAOYSA-N
  • CS(=O)CCCCCN=C=S
Properties
C8H15NOS2
Molar mass 205.33 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

6-(Methylsulfinyl)hexyl isothiocyanate (6-MITC or 6-MSITC) is a compound within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds. 6-MITC is obtained from cruciferous vegetables, chiefly wasabi. Like other isothiocyanates, it is produced when the enzyme myrosinase transforms the associated glucosinolate into 6-MITC upon cell injury.

It is a trend in Japan to apply freshly grated wasabi stem to the hair because Kinin Corporation, the world's largest wasabi producer, claims that 6-MITC promotes hair regrowth.[1]

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  1. ^ Azouaoui, Sirine (26 May 2017). "In Japan, people are putting wasabi on their heads to stimulate hair growth". Archived from the original on 27 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.