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IUPAC name
Dodecanoic acid 2,3-dihydroxypropyl ester
Other names
Glyceryl laurate; Monolauroylglycerin; Glycerol monolaurate
27215-38-9 YesY
ChEMBL ChEMBL510533 YesY
ChemSpider 14181 YesY
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PubChem 14871
UNII Y98611C087 YesY
Molar mass 274.40 g·mol−1
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Monolaurin, also known as glycerol monolaurate, glyceryl laurate or 1-Lauroyl-glycerol, is a monoglyceride. It is the mono-ester formed from glycerol and lauric acid. Its chemical formula is C15H30O4.


Monolaurin is most commonly used as a surfactant in cosmetics, such as deodorants. As a food additive it is also used as an emulsifier.


Monolaurin is found in coconut oil and may be similar to other monoglycerides found in human breast milk.[1]


Monolaurin has antibacterial, antiviral, and other antimicrobial effects in vitro.[2][3][4][5][6][7] It may therefore be useful in the treatment or prevention of various infections, but its clinical usefulness has not been established.


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  2. ^ Li, Q; Estes, J. D.; Schlievert, P. M.; Duan, L; Brosnahan, A. J.; Southern, P. J.; Reilly, C. S.; Peterson, M. L.; Schultz-Darken, N; Brunner, K. G.; Nephew, K. R.; Pambuccian, S; Lifson, J. D.; Carlis, J. V.; Haase, A. T. (2009). "Glycerol monolaurate prevents mucosal SIV transmission". Nature 458 (7241): 1034–8. doi:10.1038/nature07831. PMC 2785041. PMID 19262509. 
  3. ^ Preuss, H. G.; Echard, B.; Enig, M.; Brook, I.; Elliott, T. B. (2005). "Minimum inhibitory concentrations of herbal essential oils and monolaurin for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria". Molecular and cellular biochemistry 272 (1–2): 29–34. doi:10.1007/s11010-005-6604-1. PMID 16010969. 
  4. ^ Carpo, B. G.; Verallo-Rowell, V. M.; Kabara, J. (2007). "Novel antibacterial activity of monolaurin compared with conventional antibiotics against organisms from skin infections: an in vitro study". Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD 6 (10): 991–998. PMID 17966176. 
  5. ^ Isaacs, C. E. (2001). "The antimicrobial function of milk lipids". Advances in nutritional research 10: 271–285. PMID 11795045. 
  6. ^ Lieberman, Shari; Enig, Mary G.; Preuss, Harry G. (2006). "A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid:Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents". Alternative and Complementary Therapies 12 (6): 310. doi:10.1089/act.2006.12.310. 
  7. ^ Projan, S. J.; Brown-Skrobot, S.; Schlievert, P. M.; Vandenesch, F.; Novick, R. P. (1994). "Glycerol monolaurate inhibits the production of beta-lactamase, toxic shock toxin-1, and other staphylococcal exoproteins by interfering with signal transduction". Journal of bacteriology 176 (14): 4204–4209. PMC 205630. PMID 8021206.