Itaconic acid



Trivial name: 

Butanedioic acid, methylene- (9CI); Succinic acid, methylene- (8CI); 2-​Methylenebutanedioic acid; 2-​Methylenesuccinic acid; 2-​Propene-​1,​2-​dicarboxylic acid; 4-​Hydroxy-​2-​methylene-​4-​oxobutanoic acid; Itaconic acid; Methylenebutanedioic acid; Methylenesuccinic acid; NSC 3357; Propylenedicarboxyli​c acid

Systematic name: 

Butanedioic acid, 2-​methylene-

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Literature reference: 

Formation of itaconic acid and mannitol by a new filamentous fungus. Kinoshita, Kono. Nippon Kagaku Kaishi (1921-47) (1929), 50, 583-93. The biochemistry of micro-organisms. LXIII. Itaconic acid, a metabolic product of a strain of Aspergillus terreus Thom. Calam, Christopher T.; Oxford, Albert E.; Raistrick, Harold. Biochemical Journal (1939), 33, 1488-95. Metabolism of aromatic compounds by fungi. Kinetic properties and mechanism of 3-​carboxy-​cis,​cis-​muconate cyclase from Aspergillus niger. Thatcher, David R.; Cain, Ronald B. European Journal of Biochemistry (1975), 56(1), 193-204....

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Date uploaded: 

2008-07-07 16:58:01