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Creation date2015-10-09 22:32:33 UTC
Update date2017-01-19 02:36:35 UTC
FoodComEx IDPC000759
FoodDB RecordFDB012370
Chemical Information
DescriptionSelenomethionine, also known as (2s)-2-amino-4-(methylseleno)butanoate or 2-amino-4-(methylselenyl)butyric acid, is a member of the class of compounds known as alpha amino acids. Alpha amino acids are amino acids in which the amino group is attached to the carbon atom immediately adjacent to the carboxylate group (alpha carbon). Selenomethionine is soluble (in water) and a moderately acidic compound (based on its pKa). Selenomethionine can be found in a number of food items such as shiitake, canada blueberry, sesbania flower, and spearmint, which makes selenomethionine a potential biomarker for the consumption of these food products. Selenomethionine can be found primarily in blood and urine, as well as throughout most human tissues. Selenomethionine exists in all eukaryotes, ranging from yeast to humans. In humans, selenomethionine is involved in the selenoamino acid metabolism. Moreover, selenomethionine is found to be associated with prostate cancer. Selenomethionine is a naturally occurring amino acid. The L-selenomethionine enantiomer is the main form of selenium found in Brazil nuts, cereal grains, soybeans, and grassland legumes, while Se-methylselenocysteine, or its γ-glutamyl derivative, is the major form of selenium found in Astragalus, Allium, and Brassica species. In vivo, selenomethionine is randomly incorporated instead of methionine. Selenomethionine is readily oxidized .
CAS Number1464-42-2
2-Amino-4-(methylseleno)butanoic acid, 9CIdb_source
2-Amino-4-(methylselenyl)butyric acid, 8CIdb_source
Chemical FormulaC5H11NO2Se
IUPAC name2-amino-4-(methylselanyl)butanoic acid
InChI IdentifierInChI=1S/C5H11NO2Se/c1-9-3-2-4(6)5(7)8/h4H,2-3,6H2,1H3,(H,7,8)
Isomeric SMILESC[Se]CCC(N)C(O)=O
Average Molecular Weight196.11
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight196.995500429
Chemical Taxonomy
Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as alpha amino acids. These are amino acids in which the amino group is attached to the carbon atom immediately adjacent to the carboxylate group (alpha carbon).
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic acids and derivatives
ClassCarboxylic acids and derivatives
Sub ClassAmino acids, peptides, and analogues
Direct ParentAlpha amino acids
Alternative Parents
  • Alpha-amino acid
  • Fatty acid
  • Amino acid
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Selenoether
  • Organic nitrogen compound
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organic oxide
  • Primary amine
  • Organoselenium compound
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Primary aliphatic amine
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Amine
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Physico-Chemical Properties - Experimental
Experimental logPNot Available
Experimental Water SolubilityNot Available
Melting PointNot Available
Foods of Origin
FoodContent Range AverageReference
Production Data
Production Methodcommercial
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Production Method Reference FileNot Available
Quantity AvailableProduction upon request
Delivery TimeNot Available
Storage Formsolid
Storage Conditions-80°C
StabilityNot Available
PurityNot Available
Spectral Data Upon RequestNot Available
Provider Information
Contact NameContact InstitutionContact Email
Rosa Vazquez
Commercial Vendors
Toronto Research Chemicals S248010