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Created at2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Updated at2021-06-29 00:46:35 UTC
NP-MRD IDNP0000384
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Natural Product Identification
Common NameAcetylcholine
DescriptionAcetylcholine (ACh) is a neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine in vertebrates is the major transmitter at neuromuscular junctions, autonomic ganglia, parasympathetic effector junctions, a subset of sympathetic effector junctions, and at many sites in the central nervous system. Its physiological and pharmacological effects, metabolism, release, and receptors have been well documented in several species. ACh has been considered an important excitatory neurotransmitter in the carotid body (CB). Various nicotinic and muscarinic ACh receptors are present in both afferent nerve endings and glomus cells. Therefore, ACh can depolarize or hyperpolarize the cell membrane depending on the available receptor type in the vicinity. Binding of ACh to its receptor can create a wide variety of cellular responses including opening cation channels (nicotinic ACh receptor activation), releasing Ca2+ from intracellular storage sites (via muscarinic ACh receptors), and modulating activities of K+ and Ca2+ channels. Interactions between ACh and other neurotransmitters (dopamine, adenosine, nitric oxide) have been known, and they may induce complicated responses. Cholinergic biology in the CB differs among species and even within the same species due to different genetic composition. Development and environment influence cholinergic biology. Pharmacological data clearly indicate that both muscarinic and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors have a role in the encoding of new memories. Localized lesions and antagonist infusions demonstrate the anatomical locus of these cholinergic effects, and computational modeling links the function of cholinergic modulation to specific cellular effects within these regions. Acetylcholine has been shown to increase the strength of afferent input relative to feedback, to contribute to theta rhythm oscillations, activate intrinsic mechanisms for persistent spiking, and increase the modification of synapses. These effects might enhance different types of encoding in different cortical structures. In particular, the effects in entorhinal and perirhinal cortex and hippocampus might be important for encoding new episodic memories. The role of ACh in attention has been repeatedly demonstrated in several tasks. Acetylcholine is linked to response accuracy in voluntary and reflexive attention and also to response speed in reflexive attention. It is well known that those with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders tend to be inaccurate and slow to respond. (PMID: 17284361 , 17011181 , 15556286 ). Acetylcholine has been found to be a microbial product, urinary acetylcholine is produced by Lactobacillus (PMID: 24621061 ).
Choline acetateChEBI
Choline acetic acidGenerator
Acetylcholine iodideHMDB
Acetylcholine perchlorateHMDB
Acetylcholine sulfate (1:1)HMDB
Cusi, acetilcolinaHMDB
Iodide, acetylcholineHMDB
Acetilcolina cusiHMDB
Acetylcholine fluorideHMDB
Acetylcholine L tartrateHMDB
Acetylcholine picrateHMDB
Perchlorate, acetylcholineHMDB
Acetylcholine L-tartrateHMDB
Acetylcholine picrate (1:1)HMDB
Hydroxide, acetylcholineHMDB
Acetylcholine bromideHMDB
Acetylcholine chlorideHMDB
Acetylcholine hydroxideHMDB
Bromide, acetylcholineHMDB
Fluoride, acetylcholineHMDB
L-Tartrate, acetylcholineHMDB
Acetyl choline ionHMDB
Acetylcholine cationHMDB
Acetylcholinium: acetyl-cholineHMDB
Choline acetate (ester)HMDB
Bournonville brand OF acetylcholine chlorideHMDB
Iolab brand OF acetylcholine chlorideHMDB
Alcon brand OF acetylcholine chlorideHMDB
Ciba vision brand OF acetylcholine chlorideHMDB
AcetylcholineMeSH, HMDB
Chemical FormulaC7H16NO2
Average Mass146.2074 Da
Monoisotopic Mass146.11810 Da
IUPAC Name[2-(acetyloxy)ethyl]trimethylazanium
Traditional Nameacetylcholine
CAS Registry Number51-84-3
InChI Identifier
Experimental Spectra
Spectrum TypeDescriptionDepositor EmailDepositor OrganizationDepositorDeposition DateView
1D NMR1H NMR Spectrum (1D, 500 MHz, H2O, experimental)Wishart LabWishart LabDavid Wishart2021-06-20View Spectrum
2D NMR[1H, 13C]-HSQC NMR Spectrum (2D, 600 MHz, H2O, experimental)Wishart LabWishart LabDavid Wishart2021-06-20View Spectrum
Predicted Spectra
Not Available
Chemical Shift Submissions
Not Available
Species of Origin
Species NameSourceReference
Anas platyrhynchosFooDB
Anser anserFooDB
Artocarpus heterophyllusFooDB
Bison bisonFooDB
Bos taurusFooDB
Bos taurus X Bison bisonFooDB
Bubalus bubalisFooDB
Capra aegagrus hircusFooDB
Capsella bursa-pastorisKNApSAcK Database
Capsicum annuumFooDB
Cervus canadensisFooDB
Coriandrum sativum L.FooDB
Cuminum cyminumFooDB
Daucus carotaFooDB
Daucus carota ssp. sativusFooDB
Dromaius novaehollandiaeFooDB
Elettaria cardamomumFooDB
Equus caballusFooDB
Foeniculum vulgareFooDB
Gallus gallusFooDB
Girardinia diversifoliaLOTUS Database
Homo sapiensLOTUS Database
Lagopus mutaFooDB
Lepus timidusFooDB
Melanitta fuscaFooDB
Meleagris gallopavoFooDB
Monascus pilosusLOTUS Database
Mus musculusLOTUS Database
Musca domesticaLOTUS Database
Numida meleagrisFooDB
Ovis ariesFooDB
Phasianus colchicusFooDB
Pimpinella anisumFooDB
Piper nigrum L.FooDB
Poa huecuLOTUS Database
Pseudo-nitzschia multistriataLOTUS Database
Ramalina fraxineaLOTUS Database
Solanum tuberosumFooDB
Spinacia oleraceaFooDB
Struthio camelusFooDB
Sus scrofaFooDB
Sus scrofa domesticaFooDB
Trigonella foenum-graecumFooDB
Trypanosoma bruceiLOTUS Database
Vigna unguiculataLOTUS Database
Chemical Taxonomy
Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as acyl cholines. These are acylated derivatives of choline. Choline or 2-Hydroxy-N,N,N-trimethylethanaminium is a quaternary ammonium salt with the chemical formula (CH3)3N+(CH2)2OH.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic nitrogen compounds
ClassOrganonitrogen compounds
Sub ClassQuaternary ammonium salts
Direct ParentAcyl cholines
Alternative Parents
  • Acyl choline
  • Tetraalkylammonium salt
  • Carboxylic acid ester
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Organic oxide
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organic salt
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Amine
  • Organic cation
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting Point148 °CNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility0.14 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Basic)-7ChemAxon
Physiological Charge1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count0ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area26.3 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count4ChemAxon
Refractivity51.35 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability16.69 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
DrugBank IDDB03128
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB004643
KNApSAcK IDC00054040
Chemspider ID182
KEGG Compound IDC01996
BiGG ID38868
Wikipedia LinkAcetylcholine
PubChem Compound187
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID15355
Good Scents IDNot Available
General References
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