Aminolevulinic acid

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MedKoo CAT#: 573885

CAS#: 106-60-5 (free)

Description: Aminolevulinic acid is a compound produced from succinyl-CoA and Glycine as an intermediate in heme synthesis. It is used as a photochemotherapy for Actinic Keratosis

Chemical Structure

Aminolevulinic acid
CAS# 106-60-5 (free)

Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 573885
Name: Aminolevulinic acid
CAS#: 106-60-5 (free)
Chemical Formula: C5H9NO3
Exact Mass: 131.0582
Molecular Weight: 131.13
Elemental Analysis: C, 45.80; H, 6.92; N, 10.68; O, 36.60

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Related CAS #: 5451-09-2 (HCl)   106-60-5 (free)   868074-65-1 (phosphate)    

Synonym: 5-ALA, 5-Aminolevulinic acid, Ameluz, Aminolevulinic acid, BF-200 ALA

IUPAC/Chemical Name: 5-Amino-4-oxovaleric acid


InChi Code: 1S/C5H9NO3/c6-3-4(7)1-2-5(8)9/h1-3,6H2,(H,8,9)


Appearance: Solid powder

Purity: >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).

Solubility: 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).

HS Tariff Code: 2934.99.9001

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The following data is based on the product molecular weight 131.13 Batch specific molecular weights may vary from batch to batch due to the degree of hydration, which will affect the solvent volumes required to prepare stock solutions.

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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
1 mM 1.15 mL 5.76 mL 11.51 mL
5 mM 0.23 mL 1.15 mL 2.3 mL
10 mM 0.12 mL 0.58 mL 1.15 mL
50 mM 0.02 mL 0.12 mL 0.23 mL

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