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3-Methoxytyramine
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IUPAC name
Other names 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenethylamine
Identifiers
CAS number 554-52-9
PubChem 1669
MeSH 3-methoxytyramine
SMILES
Properties
Molecular formula C9H13NO2
Molar mass 167.21 g/mol
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox references

3-Methoxytyramine (3-MT) is a metabolite of the neurotransmitter dopamine formed by the introduction of a methyl group to dopamine by the enzyme catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT). 3-MT can be further metabolized by the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO) to form homovanillic acid (HVA), which is then typically excreted in the urine.

3-Methoxytyramine is also naturally found in the prickly pear (genus Opuntia).[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ Neuwinger, Hans Dieter (1996). "Cactaceae". African ethnobotany: poisons and drugs: chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology. CRC Press. pp. 271. ISBN 9783826100772. http://books.google.com/books?id=_j8ueEmakD0C&pg=PA271&lpg=PA271.   Retrieved on June 12, 2009 through Google Book Search.
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