Nicotinamide mononucleotide

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Nicotinamide mononucleotide
Nicotinamide mononucleotide.svg
IUPAC name
Other names
  • Nicotinamide ribonucleoside 5'-phosphate
  • Nicotinamide D-ribonucleotide
  • β-Nicotinamide ribose monophosphate
  • Nicotinamide nucleotide
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 334.22 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Nicotinamide mononucleotide ("NMN" and "β-NMN") is a nucleotide derived from ribose and nicotinamide.[1] Like nicotinamide riboside, NMN is a derivative of niacin, and humans have enzymes that can use NMN to generate nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH).[1]

Because NADH is a cofactor for processes inside mitochondria, for sirtuins, and for PARP, NMN has been studied in animal models as a potential neuroprotective and anti-aging agent.[2] Dietary supplement companies have aggressively marketed NMN products claiming those benefits,[3][4] though there is no clinical study on humans published yet.[4]


  1. ^ a b Bogan, KL; Brenner, C (2008). "Nicotinic acid, nicotinamide, and nicotinamide riboside: a molecular evaluation of NAD+ precursor vitamins in human nutrition". Annual Review of Nutrition. 28: 115–30. doi:10.1146/annurev.nutr.28.061807.155443. PMID 18429699. 
  2. ^ Brazill, JM; Li, C; Zhu, Y; Zhai, RG (June 2017). "NMNAT: It's an NAD+ synthase… It's a chaperone… It's a neuroprotector". Current Opinion in Genetics & Development. 44: 156–162. doi:10.1016/j.gde.2017.03.014. PMC 5515290Freely accessible. PMID 28445802. 
  3. ^ Stipp, David (March 11, 2015). "Beyond Resveratrol: The Anti-Aging NAD Fad". Scientific American Blog Network. 
  4. ^ a b Bigley, Sharon, A dietary supplement makes old mice youthful. But will it work in people?, STAT, March 22, 2018 (paywalled)