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Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2017-03-02 21:25:44 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB02075
Metabolite Identification
Common NamePyridoxine
DescriptionThe 4-methanol form of vitamin B6 which is converted to pyridoxal phosphate which is a coenzyme for synthesis of amino acids, neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine), sphingolipids, aminolevulinic acid. Although pyridoxine and Vitamin B6 are still frequently used as synonyms, especially by medical researchers, this practice is erroneous and sometimes misleading (EE Snell; Ann NY Acad Sci, vol 585 pg 1, 1990). Pyridoxine is one of the compounds that can be called vitamin B6. Pyridoxine assists in the balancing of sodium and potassium as well as promoting red blood cell production. It is linked to cancer immunity and helps fight the formation of homocysteine. It has been suggested that Pyridoxine might help children with learning difficulties, and may also prevent dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. In addition, pyridoxine can help balance hormonal changes in women and aid in immune system. Lack of pyridoxine may cause anemia, nerve damage, seizures, skin problems, and sores in the mouth. -- Wikipedia Deficiency, though rare because of widespread distribution in foods, leads to the development of peripheral neuritis in adults and affects the central nervous system in children (DOSE - 3rd edition).
Vitamin b6ChEBI
Pyridoxol hydrochlorideMeSH
Pyridoxine hydrochlorideMeSH
Chemical FormulaC8H11NO3
Average Molecular Weight169.1778
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight169.073893223
IUPAC Name4,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)-2-methylpyridin-3-ol
Traditional Namepyridoxine
CAS Registry Number65-23-6
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as pyridoxines. These are pyridoxal derivatives in which the carbaldehyde group at position 2 of the pyridoxal moiety is replaced by a hydroxymethyl group.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganoheterocyclic compounds
ClassPyridines and derivatives
Sub ClassPyridoxines
Direct ParentPyridoxines
Alternative Parents
  • Pyridoxine
  • Methylpyridine
  • Hydroxypyridine
  • Heteroaromatic compound
  • Azacycle
  • Organic nitrogen compound
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Aromatic alcohol
  • Primary alcohol
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Alcohol
  • Aromatic heteromonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAromatic heteromonocyclic compounds
External Descriptors
StatusDetected and Quantified
  • Endogenous
BiofunctionNot Available
ApplicationNot Available
Cellular locations
  • Extracellular
Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting Point159 - 162 °CNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water Solubility79 mg/mLNot Available
LogP-0.77SANGSTER (1993)
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility16.1 mg/mLALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)9.4ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)5.58ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count4ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count3ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area73.58 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count2ChemAxon
Refractivity44.11 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability17.11 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings1ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOF (Pegasus III TOF-MS system, Leco; GC 6890, Agilent Technologies) (3 TMS)splash10-000t-0940000000-30b4702623a6d8fcb4bbView in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOF (Pegasus III TOF-MS system, Leco; GC 6890, Agilent Technologies)splash10-001j-0690000000-0581e2b42fa48c1ea498View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOF (Pegasus III TOF-MS system, Leco; GC 6890, Agilent Technologies) (3 TMS)splash10-00di-9330000000-32929ff06762b9f5887fView in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (3 TMS)splash10-001i-0490000000-34a09ddbbb462aeb02a6View in MoNA
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MSNot Available
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-Bsplash10-0f6x-9400000000-486db54a30b61c2eb9d4View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOFsplash10-001j-0790000000-6f8f6e679e03f9119a65View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOFsplash10-001j-0790000000-6f8f6e679e03f9119a65View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 10V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0vi0-0900000000-bd0de86c072765a5caadView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 25V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-001i-3900000000-2018b406a3c75213b733View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 40V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0059-9200000000-e69bb531deb2a103a476View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - EI-B (HITACHI M-80) , Positivesplash10-0f6x-9400000000-77c43a946c4ae1abf3b9View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 10V, Negativesplash10-014i-0900000000-479d4492cc8d634fa366View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 20V, Negativesplash10-0udi-0900000000-486d6a4e5e1a731b7c54View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 30V, Negativesplash10-05fr-0900000000-4ef09ce9c04561a1085eView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 40V, Negativesplash10-0ab9-1900000000-3298adf6db36689d5d43View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 50V, Negativesplash10-0a6r-7900000000-6711954ee96f08344434View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 10V, Positivesplash10-00di-0900000000-234e90d43a7febd7a098View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 20V, Positivesplash10-0udi-0900000000-137080765c0035b45258View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 30V, Positivesplash10-001i-0900000000-882ee900a8bba08e2c7cView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 40V, Positivesplash10-003r-8900000000-e0e11797b63cea991d81View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 50V, Positivesplash10-0059-9100000000-c25384179219411af02cView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QTOF (UPLC Q-Tof Premier, Waters) , Positivesplash10-0ue9-0900000000-c0e149ce890192397b7fView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QTOF (UPLC Q-Tof Premier, Waters) , Negativesplash10-0v4i-0900000000-f9f378af3d47ab006806View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-TOF , negativesplash10-0uxr-0900000000-dd61975d762fdc6e1e95View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-003r-8900000000-ffea92733494372f905dView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-0059-9100000000-ef6ae8502e892d6053f0View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-0uk9-0900000000-eab5b3411261744df750View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-0ue9-0900000000-cc4dc8719602182ef1ebView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-001i-5900000000-1c2637733578fcdd7c6aView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-014i-0900000000-e89cc69d8b21012ff982View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-059i-0900000000-0ad8d09e042015cb2e33View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-0a4i-9500000000-577a3d87899ca47d539fView in MoNA
MSMass Spectrum (Electron Ionization)splash10-1003-6900000000-1237eaf82dfadfd54d4bView in MoNA
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR13C NMR SpectrumNot Available
2D NMR[1H,1H] 2D NMR SpectrumNot Available
2D NMR[1H,13C] 2D NMR SpectrumNot Available
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Extracellular
Biofluid Locations
  • Blood
  • Feces
  • Urine
Tissue Location
  • Erythrocyte
  • Liver
HypophosphatasiaSMP00503Not Available
Vitamin B6 MetabolismSMP00017map00750
Normal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified0.025 (0.007-0.060) uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
FecesDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableNot SpecifiedBoth
UrineDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)MaleNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified<1 nmol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified5.526 +/- 4.155 umol/mmol creatinineChildren (1 - 13 years old)Not Specified
    • Mordechai, Hien, ...
UrineDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)MaleNormal details
Abnormal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified0.119 +/- 0.038 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothHomozygous sickle cell disease details
UrineDetected and Quantified2.852 +/- 1.422 umol/mmol creatinineChildren (1 - 13 years old)Not Specified
Eosinophilic esophagitis
    • Mordechai, Hien, ...
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease References
Homozygous sickle cell disease
  1. van der Dijs FP, Schnog JJ, Brouwer DA, Velvis HJ, van den Berg GA, Bakker AJ, Duits AJ, Muskiet FD, Muskiet FA: Elevated homocysteine levels indicate suboptimal folate status in pediatric sickle cell patients. Am J Hematol. 1998 Nov;59(3):192-8. [PubMed:9798656 ]
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDNot Available
DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB000574
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID1025
KEGG Compound IDC00314
BioCyc IDCPD-455
BiGG ID34590
Wikipedia LinkPyridoxine
NuGOwiki LinkHMDB00239
Metagene LinkHMDB00239
PubChem Compound1054
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID16709
Synthesis ReferenceItov, Z. I.; Stepanova, S. V.; El'yanov, B. S.; Gunar, V. I. Synthesis of pyridoxine under high pressure. Khimiko-Farmatsevticheskii Zhurnal (1987), 21(7), 858-62.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
  1. Amoroso A, Pirulli D, Florian F, Puzzer D, Boniotto M, Crovella S, Zezlina S, Spano A, Mazzola G, Savoldi S, Ferrettini C, Berutti S, Petrarulo M, Marangella M: AGXT gene mutations and their influence on clinical heterogeneity of type 1 primary hyperoxaluria. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2001 Oct;12(10):2072-9. [PubMed:11562405 ]
  2. Plecko B, Stockler-Ipsiroglu S, Paschke E, Erwa W, Struys EA, Jakobs C: Pipecolic acid elevation in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid of two patients with pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2000 Jul;48(1):121-5. [PubMed:10894227 ]
  3. Henderson JM, Codner MA, Hollins B, Kutner MH, Merrill AH: The fasting B6 vitamer profile and response to a pyridoxine load in normal and cirrhotic subjects. Hepatology. 1986 May-Jun;6(3):464-71. [PubMed:3710434 ]
  4. Chiang EP, Selhub J, Bagley PJ, Dallal G, Roubenoff R: Pyridoxine supplementation corrects vitamin B6 deficiency but does not improve inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Res Ther. 2005;7(6):R1404-11. Epub 2005 Oct 14. [PubMed:16277693 ]
  5. Manyam BV, Ferraro TN, Hare TA: Isoniazid-induced alteration of CSF neurotransmitter amino acids in Huntington's disease. Brain Res. 1987 Apr 7;408(1-2):125-30. [PubMed:2885064 ]
  6. Temesvari P, Szilagyi I, Eck E, Boda D: Effects of an antenatal load of pyridoxine (vitamin B6) on the blood oxygen affinity and prolactin levels in newborn infants and their mothers. Acta Paediatr Scand. 1983 Jul;72(4):525-9. [PubMed:6624427 ]
  7. McCully KS: Homocysteine, vitamins, and prevention of vascular disease. Mil Med. 2004 Apr;169(4):325-9. [PubMed:15132238 ]
  8. Chen S, Ito M, Saijo T, Naito E, Kuroda Y: Molecular genetic analysis of pyridoxine-nonresponsive homocystinuric siblings with different blood methionine levels during the neonatal period. J Med Invest. 1999 Aug;46(3-4):186-91. [PubMed:10687314 ]
  9. Wasilewska A, Narkiewicz M, Rutkowski B, Lysiak-Szydlowska W: Is there any relationship between lipids and vitamin B levels in persons with elevated risk of atherosclerosis? Med Sci Monit. 2003 Mar;9(3):CR147-51. [PubMed:12640345 ]
  10. Kidd GS, Dimond R, Kark JA, Whorton N, Vigersky RA: The effects of pyridoxine on pituitary hormone secretion in amenorrhea-galactorrhea syndromes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1982 Apr;54(4):872-5. [PubMed:6801073 ]
  11. Pirulli D, Marangella M, Amoroso A: Primary hyperoxaluria: genotype-phenotype correlation. J Nephrol. 2003 Mar-Apr;16(2):297-309. [PubMed:12768081 ]
  12. Tolis G, Laliberte R, Guyda H, Naftolin F: Ineffectiveness of pyridoxine (B6) to alter secretion of growth hormone and prolactin and absence of therapeutic effects on galactorrhea-amenorrhea syndromes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1977 Jun;44(6):1197-9. [PubMed:559690 ]
  13. Esteve-Romero J, Capella-Peiro ME, Monferrer-Pons L, Gil-Agusti M: Micellar liquid chromatography in clinical chemistry: application to the monitorization of B6 vitamins. Clin Chim Acta. 2004 Oct;348(1-2):69-77. [PubMed:15369738 ]


General function:
Involved in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (NADPH) activity
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Catalyzes the conversion of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, a co-substrate for homocysteine remethylation to methionine.
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Involved in oxidoreductase activity
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Multifunctional enzyme mediating important protective effects. Metabolizes betaine aldehyde to betaine, an important cellular osmolyte and methyl donor. Protects cells from oxidative stress by metabolizing a number of lipid peroxidation-derived aldehydes. Involved in lysine catabolism.
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Involved in pyridoxamine-phosphate oxidase activity
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Catalyzes the oxidation of either pyridoxine 5'-phosphate (PNP) or pyridoxamine 5'-phosphate (PMP) into pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP).
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Pyridoxine + Oxygen → Pyridoxal + Hydrogen peroxidedetails
General function:
Involved in cysteine biosynthetic process from serine
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Only known pyridoxal phosphate-dependent enzyme that contains heme. Important regulator of hydrogen sulfide, especially in the brain, utilizing cysteine instead of serine to catalyze the formation of hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is a gastratransmitter with signaling and cytoprotective effects such as acting as a neuromodulator in the brain to protect neurons against hypoxic injury (By similarity).
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Involved in metabolic process
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Catalyzes the reversible conversion of 3-phosphohydroxypyruvate to phosphoserine and of 3-hydroxy-2-oxo-4-phosphonooxybutanoate to phosphohydroxythreonine (By similarity).
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Involved in pyridoxal kinase activity
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Required for synthesis of pyridoxal-5-phosphate from vitamin B6.
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Adenosine triphosphate + Pyridoxine → ADP + Pyridoxine 5'-phosphatedetails
General function:
Involved in transport
Specific function:
Serum albumin, the main protein of plasma, has a good binding capacity for water, Ca(2+), Na(+), K(+), fatty acids, hormones, bilirubin and drugs. Its main function is the regulation of the colloidal osmotic pressure of blood. Major zinc transporter in plasma, typically binds about 80% of all plasma zinc
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Involved in catalytic activity
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Protein serine phosphatase that dephosphorylates 'Ser-3' in cofilin and probably also dephosphorylates phospho-serine residues in DSTN. Regulates cofilin-dependent actin cytoskeleton reorganization. Required for normal progress through mitosis and normal cytokinesis. Does not dephosphorylate phospho-threonines in LIMK1. Does not dephosphorylate peptides containing phospho-tyrosine. Pyridoxal phosphate phosphatase. Has some activity towards pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), pyridoxine 5'-phosphate (PMP) and pyridoxine 5'-phosphate (PNP), with a highest activity with PLP followed by PNP.
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Pyridoxine + Phosphoric acid → Pyridoxine 5'-phosphate + Waterdetails
General function:
Involved in phosphatase activity
Specific function:
Phosphatase that has high activity toward pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP). Also active at much lower level toward pyrophosphate, phosphoethanolamine (PEA), phosphocholine (PCho), phospho-l-tyrosine, fructose-6-phosphate, p-nitrophenyl phosphate, and h-glycerophosphate.
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Pyridoxine + Phosphoric acid → Pyridoxine 5'-phosphate + Waterdetails