N-Acetylneuraminic Acid (Sialic Acid)
N-Acetylneuraminic acid (Sialic Acid or NANA) is the predominant sialic acid found in mammalian cells. This negatively charged residue is found in complex glycans on mucins and glycoproteins found at the cell membrane.
Both sialic acid and neuraminic acid are loosely used to refer to conjugates of neuraminic acid. N-Acetylneuraminic acid is often found as the terminal sugar of cell surface glycoproteins. Cell surface glycoproteins have important roles in cell recognition and interaction as well as in cell adhesion. Membrane glycoproteins are also important in tumor growth and metastases.
Reported to be a key pharmaceutical intermediate.
Biochemicals & Diagnostics
Carbohydrates and Nucleosides
|Formula||C11H19NO9 · 2H2O|
|Appearance||White to off white powder|
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