FOLIC ACID - (59-30-3)

Introduction

Name: folic acid; (2S)-2-[(4-{[(2-amino-4-hydroxypteridin-6-yl)methyl]amino}phenyl)formamido]pentanedioic acid*; vitamin M
* IUPAC
CAS Number: 59-30-3
Chemical Formula: C19H19N7O6
Molar Mass: 441.39746 g
State of Matter: yellow-orange crystalline powder
Mass Percent: C 51.700 %; H 4.3386 %; N 22.212 %; O 21.748 % 

Classification

Uses/Function

• "A member of the vitamin B complex; found naturally in green plant tissue, liver, and yeast. When produced syntehtically, it is identical with pteroylglutamic acid. Therapeutic use during pregnancy may help to prevent birth defects of the spinal column and spinal cord, such as spina bifida." 1

Bonding

Double Bonds: 11
Triple Bonds: 0
Sigma Bonds: 53
Pi Bonds: 11
Total: 64
Carboxyl Groups: 2
Hydroxyl Groups: 1

For More Information

Sources

(1) - Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 18th ed.; F. A. David Company: Philadelphia, PA, 1997; p 21.