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Version3.6
Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2016-08-17 21:42:18 UTC
HMDB IDHMDB00271
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Metabolite Identification
Common NameSarcosine
DescriptionSarcosine is the N-methyl derivative of glycine. Sarcosine is metabolized to glycine by the enzyme sarcosine dehydrogenase, while glycine-N-methyl transferase generates sarcosine from glycine. Sarcosine is a natural amino acid found in muscles and other body tissues. In the laboratory it may be synthesized from chloroacetic acid and methylamine. Sarcosine is naturally found in the metabolism of choline to glycine. Sarcosine is sweet to the taste and dissolves in water. It is used in manufacturing biodegradable surfactants and toothpastes as well as in other applications. Sarcosine is ubiquitous in biological materials and is present in such foods as egg yolks, turkey, ham, vegetables, legumes, etc. Sarcosine is formed from dietary intake of choline and from the metabolism of methionine, and is rapidly degraded to glycine. Sarcosine has no known toxicity, as evidenced by the lack of phenotypic manifestations of sarcosinemia, an inborn error of sarcosine metabolism. Sarcosinemia can result from severe folate deficiency because of the folate requirement for the conversion of sarcosine to glycine (Wikipedia). Sarcosine has recently been identified as a biomarker for invasive prostate cancer. It was found to be greatly increased during prostate cancer progression to metastasis and could be detected in urine. Sarcosine levels were also increased in invasive prostate cancer cell lines relative to benign prostate epithelial cells.(PMID: 19212411 ).
Structure
Thumb
Synonyms
ValueSource
(methylamino)Acetic acidChEBI
(methylamino)Ethanoic acidChEBI
MeGlyChEBI
Methylaminoacetic acidChEBI
N-Methylaminoacetic acidChEBI
N-MethylglycineChEBI
SarChEBI
Sarcosinic acidChEBI
(methylamino)AcetateGenerator
2-(methylamino)AcetateGenerator
(methylamino)EthanoateGenerator
MethylaminoacetateGenerator
N-MethylaminoacetateGenerator
SarcosinateGenerator
(methylamino)-AcetateHMDB
(methylamino)-Acetic acidHMDB
MethylglycineHMDB
N-Methyl-glycineHMDB
SarcosinHMDB
Chemical FormulaC3H7NO2
Average Molecular Weight89.0932
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight89.047678473
IUPAC Name2-(methylamino)acetic acid
Traditional Namesarcosine
CAS Registry Number107-97-1
SMILES
CNCC(O)=O
InChI Identifier
InChI=1S/C3H7NO2/c1-4-2-3(5)6/h4H,2H2,1H3,(H,5,6)
InChI KeyInChIKey=FSYKKLYZXJSNPZ-UHFFFAOYSA-N
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as alpha amino acids. These are amino acids in which the amino group is attached to the carbon atom immediately adjacent to the carboxylate group (alpha carbon).
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic acids and derivatives
ClassCarboxylic acids and derivatives
Sub ClassAmino acids, peptides, and analogues
Direct ParentAlpha amino acids
Alternative Parents
Substituents
  • Alpha-amino acid
  • Secondary amine
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Secondary aliphatic amine
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Amine
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Ontology
StatusDetected and Quantified
Origin
  • Endogenous
Biofunction
  • Component of Glycine, serine and threonine metabolism
ApplicationNot Available
Cellular locations
  • Extracellular
  • Mitochondria
  • Peroxisome
Physical Properties
StateSolid
Experimental Properties
PropertyValueReference
Melting Point208 °CNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water Solubility300.0 mg/mLNot Available
LogP-2.78HANSCH,C ET AL. (1995)
Predicted Properties
PropertyValueSource
Water Solubility308.0 mg/mLALOGPS
logP-3.1ALOGPS
logP-3.2ChemAxon
logS0.54ALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)2.06ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)10.35ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count3ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count2ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area49.33 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count2ChemAxon
Refractivity20.78 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability8.66 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Bioavailability1ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectra
Spectra
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOF (Pegasus III TOF-MS system, Leco; GC 6890, Agilent Technologies)splash10-014i-0900000000-3703e9255c5a3d53576eView in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOF (Pegasus III TOF-MS system, Leco; GC 6890, Agilent Technologies) (2 TMS)splash10-00xr-9800000000-b066cf015be7d1b1ec05View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (2 TMS)splash10-014i-0900000000-73acbf4b13dbcd53efe1View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 10V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0006-9000000000-da0fd904589ef164065aView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 25V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0006-9000000000-6b30a9c471d171cacad9View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 40V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0006-9000000000-851a04dbd34e75febf9dView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 10V, Negativesplash10-000i-9000000000-86301ee1b7f5d158901eView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 20V, Negativesplash10-000i-9000000000-32b1ca1874d0fcb3f9c7View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 30V, Negativesplash10-000i-9000000000-37db595fcf7364600bc9View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 10V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-0b3e92ad374e013024eaView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 20V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-ef853c67634f1a7da8f5View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 30V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-63e1ee6f897ea7a61e52View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 40V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-bab0ab3587973d3ad4aaView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 50V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-d017a51a9abbbcf31dceView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-5fd27462e0d106e4c5a6View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-4f822ba462b1fbffce17View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-4125b1890cbe03ae7283View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-000i-9000000000-c7e62ee2909dfb0a067cView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-000i-9000000000-8d4f2d4c6d399cbf0c9fView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-052f-9000000000-c8a4e61d51664ed38b96View in MoNA
MSMass Spectrum (Electron Ionization)splash10-0006-9000000000-335905bb8c6b7e52ff70View in MoNA
1D NMR13C NMR SpectrumNot Available
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
  • Mitochondria
  • Peroxisome
Biofluid Locations
  • Blood
  • Feces
  • Saliva
  • Urine
Tissue Location
  • Muscle
  • Prostate
  • Skeletal Muscle
Pathways
NameSMPDB LinkKEGG Link
3-Phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase deficiencySMP00721Not Available
Cystathionine Beta-Synthase DeficiencySMP00177Not Available
Dihydropyrimidine Dehydrogenase Deficiency (DHPD)SMP00179Not Available
Dimethylglycine Dehydrogenase DeficiencySMP00242Not Available
Dimethylglycine Dehydrogenase DeficiencySMP00484Not Available
Glycine and Serine MetabolismSMP00004map00260
Glycine N-methyltransferase DeficiencySMP00222Not Available
Homocystinuria-megaloblastic anemia due to defect in cobalamin metabolism, cblG complementation typeSMP00570Not Available
Hyperglycinemia, non-ketoticSMP00485Not Available
HypermethioninemiaSMP00341Not Available
Methionine Adenosyltransferase DeficiencySMP00221Not Available
Methionine MetabolismSMP00033map00270
Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Deficiency (MTHFRD)SMP00340Not Available
Non Ketotic HyperglycinemiaSMP00223Not Available
S-Adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) Hydrolase DeficiencySMP00214Not Available
sarcosine oncometabolite pathway SMP02313Not Available
SarcosinemiaSMP00244Not Available
Normal Concentrations
BiofluidStatusValueAgeSexConditionReferenceDetails
FecesDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
FecesDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableNot SpecifiedNot Specified
Normal
details
SalivaDetected and Quantified10.42 +/- 4.19 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
    • Zerihun T. Dame, ...
details
SalivaDetected and Quantified>10 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
SalivaDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)Not SpecifiedNormal details
SalivaDetected and Quantified2.53 +/- 1.74 uMAdult (>18 years old)Not Specified
Normal
    • Sugimoto et al. (...
details
SalivaDetected and Quantified3.48 +/- 2.23 uMAdult (>18 years old)Not Specified
Normal
    • Sugimoto et al. (...
details
SalivaDetected and Quantified4.15 +/- 2.02 uMAdult (>18 years old)FemaleNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified0.47 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified0.24-0.34 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)FemaleNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified5.946 +/- 10.638 umol/mmol creatinineChildren (1 - 13 years old)Not Specified
Normal
    • Mordechai, Hien, ...
details
UrineDetected and Quantified2.9 (0.5-5.4) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)Both
Normal
details
UrineDetected and Quantified1.6 (0.2-9.4) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)Both
Normal
details
UrineDetected and Quantified0.25-0.31 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)MaleNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified1.35 +/- 1.21 umol/mmol creatinineInfant (0-1 year old)BothNormal details
Abnormal Concentrations
BiofluidStatusValueAgeSexConditionReferenceDetails
BloodDetected and Quantified300.0 (80.0-603.0) uMChildren (1-13 years old)BothSarcosinemia details
BloodDetected and Quantified312.5 (0.00-625.00) uMAdult (>18 years old)BothSarcosinemia details
BloodDetected and Quantified405.00 (50.00-760.00) uMChildren (1-13 years old)BothSarcosinemia details
BloodDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)Both
gastric cancer
details
BloodDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)Both
Colorectal cancer
details
SalivaDetected and Quantified3.37 +/- 1.84 uMAdult (>18 years old)MaleAlzheimer's disease details
SalivaDetected and Quantified20.53 +/- 27.29 uMAdult (>18 years old)MaleFrontotemporal lobe dementia details
SalivaDetected and Quantified4.84 +/- 3.39 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothLewy body disease details
UrineDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)Male
Prostate cancer
details
UrineDetected and Quantified2.8 (0.00-5.6) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothSarcosinemia details
UrineDetected and Quantified2660.00 (240.00-5080.00) umol/mmol creatinineChildren (1-13 years old)BothSarcosinemia details
UrineDetected and Quantified12.028 +/- 27.256 umol/mmol creatinineChildren (1 - 13 years old)Not Specified
Eosinophilic esophagitis
    • Mordechai, Hien, ...
details
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease References
Sarcosinemia
  1. Levy HL, Coulombe JT, Benjamin R: Massachusetts Metabolic Disorders Screening Program: III. Sarcosinemia. Pediatrics. 1984 Oct;74(4):509-13. [6207480 ]
  2. MetaGene [Link]
Associated OMIM IDs
DrugBank IDNot Available
DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB021925
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID1057
KEGG Compound IDC00213
BioCyc IDSARCOSINE
BiGG ID34275
Wikipedia LinkSarcosine
NuGOwiki LinkHMDB00271
Metagene LinkHMDB00271
METLIN ID51
PubChem Compound1088
PDB IDSAR
ChEBI ID15611
References
Synthesis ReferenceCipens, G.; Slavinska, V.; Sile, D.; Kreile, D.; Strautina, A.; Krikis, A.; Gutmanis, A. Synthesis of sarcosine and its use. Latvijas PSR Zinatnu Akademijas Vestis, Kimijas Serija (1986), (5), 515-24.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Download (PDF)
General References
  1. Sreekumar A, Poisson LM, Rajendiran TM, Khan AP, Cao Q, Yu J, Laxman B, Mehra R, Lonigro RJ, Li Y, Nyati MK, Ahsan A, Kalyana-Sundaram S, Han B, Cao X, Byun J, Omenn GS, Ghosh D, Pennathur S, Alexander DC, Berger A, Shuster JR, Wei JT, Varambally S, Beecher C, Chinnaiyan AM: Metabolomic profiles delineate potential role for sarcosine in prostate cancer progression. Nature. 2009 Feb 12;457(7231):910-4. [19212411 ]
  2. Shoemaker JD, Elliott WH: Automated screening of urine samples for carbohydrates, organic and amino acids after treatment with urease. J Chromatogr. 1991 Jan 2;562(1-2):125-38. [2026685 ]
  3. Boulat O, Gradwohl M, Matos V, Guignard JP, Bachmann C: Organic acids in the second morning urine in a healthy Swiss paediatric population. Clin Chem Lab Med. 2003 Dec;41(12):1642-58. [14708889 ]
  4. Silwood CJ, Lynch E, Claxson AW, Grootveld MC: 1H and (13)C NMR spectroscopic analysis of human saliva. J Dent Res. 2002 Jun;81(6):422-7. [12097436 ]
  5. Akare S, Martinez JD: Bile acid induces hydrophobicity-dependent membrane alterations. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2005 Jun 15;1735(1):59-67. [15951237 ]
  6. Lim DS, Roberts R, Marian AJ: Expression profiling of cardiac genes in human hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: insight into the pathogenesis of phenotypes. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2001 Oct;38(4):1175-80. [11583900 ]
  7. Bales JR, Sadler PJ, Nicholson JK, Timbrell JA: Urinary excretion of acetaminophen and its metabolites as studied by proton NMR spectroscopy. Clin Chem. 1984 Oct;30(10):1631-6. [6206966 ]
  8. Heil M, Podebrad F, Prado E, Beck T, Mosand A, Sewell AC, Bohles H, Lehnert W: Enantioselective analysis of ketone bodies in patients with beta-ketothiolase deficiency, medium-chain acyl coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency and ketonemic vomiting. J Chromatogr B Biomed Sci Appl. 2000 Mar 10;739(2):313-24. [10755375 ]
  9. Kang ES, Seyer J, Todd TA, Herrera C: Variability in the phenotypic expression of abnormal sarcosine metabolism in a family. Hum Genet. 1983;64(1):80-5. [6192074 ]
  10. Vallera DA, Todhunter DA, Kuroki DW, Shu Y, Sicheneder A, Chen H: A bispecific recombinant immunotoxin, DT2219, targeting human CD19 and CD22 receptors in a mouse xenograft model of B-cell leukemia/lymphoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2005 May 15;11(10):3879-88. [15897589 ]
  11. Hitomi J, Yamaguchi K, Kikuchi Y, Kimura T, Maruyama K, Nagasaki K: A novel calcium-binding protein in amniotic fluid, CAAF1: its molecular cloning and tissue distribution. J Cell Sci. 1996 Apr;109 ( Pt 4):805-15. [8718672 ]

Enzymes

General function:
Involved in oxidoreductase activity
Specific function:
Metabolizes sarcosine, L-pipecolic acid and L-proline.
Gene Name:
PIPOX
Uniprot ID:
Q9P0Z9
Molecular weight:
44065.515
Reactions
Sarcosine + Water + Oxygen → Glycine + Formaldehyde + Hydrogen peroxidedetails
General function:
Involved in oxidoreductase activity
Specific function:
Not Available
Gene Name:
DMGDH
Uniprot ID:
Q9UI17
Molecular weight:
96810.135
Reactions
Dimethylglycine + electron-transfer flavoprotein + Water → Sarcosine + Formaldehyde + reduced electron-transfer flavoproteindetails
Dimethylglycine + Electron-transferring flavoprotein + Water → Sarcosine + Formaldehyde + Reduced electron-transferring flavoproteindetails
General function:
Involved in folic acid binding
Specific function:
Catalyzes the methylation of glycine by using S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) to form N-methylglycine (sarcosine) with the concomitant production of S-adenosylhomocysteine (AdoHcy). Possible crucial role in the regulation of tissue concentration of AdoMet and of metabolism of methionine.
Gene Name:
GNMT
Uniprot ID:
Q14749
Molecular weight:
32742.0
Reactions
S-Adenosylmethionine + Glycine → S-Adenosylhomocysteine + Sarcosinedetails
General function:
Involved in oxidoreductase activity
Specific function:
Not Available
Gene Name:
SARDH
Uniprot ID:
Q9UL12
Molecular weight:
101035.985
Reactions
Sarcosine + Water + electron-transfer flavoprotein → Glycine + Formaldehyde + reduced electron-transfer flavoproteindetails
Sarcosine + Electron-transferring flavoprotein + Water → Glycine + Formaldehyde + Reduced electron-transferring flavoproteindetails
General function:
Amino acid transport and metabolism
Specific function:
Involved in a pH-dependent electrogenic neuronal transport and sequestration of small amino acids amino acids such as glycine, alanine and proline. Inhibited by sarcosine
Gene Name:
SLC36A2
Uniprot ID:
Q495M3
Molecular weight:
53215.7