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Update date2017-01-19 02:36:23 UTC
FoodComEx IDPC000437
FoodDB RecordFDB005416
Chemical Information
DescriptionGuanidine apparently acts by enhancing the release of acetylcholine following a nerve impulse. It also appears to slow the rates of depolarization and repolarization of muscle cell membranes.; Guanidine is a crystalline compound of strong alkalinity formed by the oxidation of guanine. It is used in the manufacture of plastics and explosives. It is found in urine as a normal product of protein metabolism. The molecule was first synthesized in 1861 by the oxidative degradation of an aromatic natural product, guanine, isolated from Peruvian guano. Despite the provocative simplicity of the molecule, the crystal structure was first described 148 years later.; Guanidine is a polyamine that can function as a strong organic base existing primarily as guanidium ions at physiological pH. With a pKa of 12.5, guanidine is protonated, with a charge of +1 in physiological conditions. It is found in the urine as a normal product of protein metabolism. It is also used in laboratory research as a protein denaturant. (From Martindale, the Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed and Merck Index, 12th ed). Guanidine is a crystalline compound of strong alkalinity formed by the oxidation of guanine. It is used in the manufacture of plastics and explosives. -- Wikipedia; Guanidines are a group of organic compounds sharing a common functional group with the general structure (R1R2N)(R3R4N)C=N-R5. The central bond within this group is that of an imine; the other recognizable motif within this group is an aminal. Examples of guanidines are arginine, triazabicyclodecene and saxitoxin. other derivatives could include guanidine hydroxide, the active ingredient in some non-lye relaxers. Guanidinium salts are well known for their denaturing action on proteins. Guanidinium chloride is one of the most effective denaturants. In 6 M GndHCl all proteins with an ordered structure lose their structure, and most of them become randomly coiled, that is, they do not contain any residual structure.
CAS Number50-01-1
(4-Aminobutyl) guanidineHMDB
1184-68-5 (unspecified sulfate)biospider
1763-07-1 (unspecified phosphate)biospider
50-01-1 (mono-hydrochloride)biospider
Bisguanidinium sulfatebiospider
Guanidine hydrochloridebiospider
Guanidine, hydrochloridebiospider
Guanidine, sulfate (2:1)biospider
Guanidinium sulfatebiospider
NSC7296 (SULFATE, 2:1)biospider
Chemical FormulaCH5N3
IUPAC nameguanidine
InChI IdentifierInChI=1S/CH5N3/c2-1(3)4/h(H5,2,3,4)
Isomeric SMILESNC(N)=N
Average Molecular Weight59.0705
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight59.048347175
Chemical Taxonomy
Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as guanidines. Guanidines are compounds containing a guanidine moiety, with the general structure (R1R2N)(R3R4N)C=N-R5.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic nitrogen compounds
ClassOrganonitrogen compounds
Sub ClassGuanidines
Direct ParentGuanidines
Alternative Parents
  • Guanidine
  • Carboximidamide
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Imine
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Physico-Chemical Properties - Experimental
Experimental logPNot Available
Experimental Water SolubilityNot Available
Melting Point182.3 oC
Foods of Origin
FoodContent Range AverageReference
Production Data
Production Methodcommercial
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Quantity AvailableProduction upon request, up to 200 mg
Delivery TimeNot Available
Storage Formsolid
Storage Conditions-80°C
StabilityNot Available
PurityNot Available
Spectral Data Upon RequestNot Available
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