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MedKoo CAT#: 597299

CAS#: 191670-18-5

Description: Volicitin is an elicitor that triggers emission of volatile from plants.

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Pricing updated 2020-08-11. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Volicitin is not in stock, may be available through custom synthesis. For cost-effective reason, minimum 1 gram order is requested. The product will be characterized by NMR, HPLC and MS analysis. Purity (HPLC) is usually >98%. CoA, QC data, MSDS will be provided when product is successfully made. The estimated lead time is 2-3 months. Please send email to sales@medkoo.com to inquire quote.

Chemical Structure


Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 597299
Name: Volicitin
CAS#: 191670-18-5
Chemical Formula: C23H38N2O5
Exact Mass: 422.2781
Molecular Weight: 422.56
Elemental Analysis: C, 65.38; H, 9.06; N, 6.63; O, 18.93

Synonym: Volicitin; (17S)-Volicitin;

IUPAC/Chemical Name: ((S,9Z,12Z,15Z)-17-hydroxyoctadeca-9,12,15-trienoyl)-L-glutamine


InChi Code: InChI=1S/C23H38N2O5/c1-19(26)15-13-11-9-7-5-3-2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-22(28)25-20(23(29)30)17-18-21(24)27/h2-3,7,9,13,15,19-20,26H,4-6,8,10-12,14,16-18H2,1H3,(H2,24,27)(H,25,28)(H,29,30)/b3-2-,9-7-,15-13-/t19-,20-/m0/s1


Technical Data

Solid powder

>98% (or refer to the Certificate of Analysis)

Shipping Condition:
Shipped under ambient temperature as non-hazardous chemical. This product is stable enough for a few weeks during ordinary shipping and time spent in Customs.

Storage Condition:
Dry, dark and at 0 - 4 C for short term (days to weeks) or -20 C for long term (months to years).

Soluble in DMSO

Shelf Life:
>3 years if stored properly

Drug Formulation:
This drug may be formulated in DMSO

Stock Solution Storage:
0 - 4 C for short term (days to weeks), or -20 C for long term (months).

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