(Z)-4-Amino-2-butenoic acid

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(Z)-4-Amino-2-butenoic acid is a chemical compound with the molecular formula C4H7NO2. It is an amino acid that is not naturally occurring in the human body. This compound is also known as cis-4-Amino-2-butenoic acid and is a derivative of butyric acid.

Chemical Structure[edit | edit source]

The chemical structure of (Z)-4-Amino-2-butenoic acid consists of a four-carbon alkene chain with an amino group (NH2) attached to the fourth carbon and a carboxylic acid group (COOH) attached to the second carbon. The (Z) in its name indicates that the highest priority groups on the alkene are on the same side of the double bond.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

(Z)-4-Amino-2-butenoic acid can be synthesized through a variety of methods. One common method involves the reaction of butyric acid with ammonia in the presence of a catalyst, such as platinum or palladium. Another method involves the hydrogenation of 4-nitro-2-butenoic acid.

Applications[edit | edit source]

While (Z)-4-Amino-2-butenoic acid is not naturally occurring in the human body, it has potential applications in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. It can act as a building block for the synthesis of more complex molecules, such as peptides and proteins. It may also have potential use in the development of new drugs and therapies.

Safety[edit | edit source]

As with all chemical compounds, handling (Z)-4-Amino-2-butenoic acid should be done with care. It can cause irritation to the skin and eyes, and may be harmful if swallowed or inhaled. Always use appropriate personal protective equipment when handling this compound.

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