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StatusExpected but not Quantified
Creation Date2012-09-11 17:44:36 UTC
Update Date2019-07-23 06:09:11 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB31643
Metabolite Identification
Common NameEthyl pyruvate
DescriptionEthyl pyruvate, also known as pyruvic acid ethyl ester or 2-oxo-propionate ethyl ester, belongs to the family of alpha-keto acids and derivatives. These are organic compounds containing an aldehyde substituted with a keto group on the adjacent carbon. Ethyl pyruvate is soluble (in water) and an extremely weak acidic compound (based on its pKa). When given as a drug, ethyl pyruvate (known as CTI-01) inhibits the systemic release of cytokines (e.g. TNF-alpha and HMGB1), which promote the body's inflammatory response. The over-expression of these cytokines has been linked to diseases that occur in critical care settings, such as severe organ damage following cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and post-operative ileus following abdominal surgery (DrugBank). Ethyl pyruvate is a flavouring ingredient.
2-oxo-Propionic acid ethyl esterChEMBL
2-oxo-Propionate ethyl esterGenerator
Ethyl pyruvic acidGenerator
Ethyl 2-oxopropanoateHMDB
Ethyl 2-oxopropionateHMDB
Ethyl pyroracemateHMDB
Propanoic acid, 2-oxo-, ethyl esterHMDB
Pyruvic acid ethyl esterHMDB
Pyruvic acid, ethyl esterHMDB
2-Oxopropanoic acid ethyl esterCAS
2-Oxopropionic acid ethyl esterCAS
Ethyl methylglyoxylateCAS
Ethyl pyruvateHMDB
Methyl ethoxycarbonyl ketoneCAS
NSC 48386CAS
Chemical FormulaC5H8O3
Average Molecular Weight116.1152
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight116.047344122
IUPAC Nameethyl 2-oxopropanoate
Traditional Nameethyl 2-oxopropanoate
CAS Registry Number617-35-6
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as alpha-keto acids and derivatives. These are organic compounds containing an aldehyde substituted with a keto group on the adjacent carbon.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic acids and derivatives
ClassKeto acids and derivatives
Sub ClassAlpha-keto acids and derivatives
Direct ParentAlpha-keto acids and derivatives
Alternative Parents
  • Alpha-keto acid
  • Ketone
  • Carboxylic acid ester
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organic oxide
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors


Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting Point-50 °CNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility86.8 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)16.9ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-7.7ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count2ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count0ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area43.37 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count3ChemAxon
Refractivity27.51 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability11.44 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash KeyView
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-0006-9000000000-6b9687c0790faebef406JSpectraViewer | MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - CI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-014i-4900000000-e148aa184db0bb5b7c16JSpectraViewer | MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-0006-9000000000-ceddbed69eabcd4ec028JSpectraViewer | MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-0006-9000000000-980c9b02bf8c3edc429dJSpectraViewer | MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-0006-9000000000-6b9687c0790faebef406JSpectraViewer | MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - CI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-014i-4900000000-e148aa184db0bb5b7c16JSpectraViewer | MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-0006-9000000000-ceddbed69eabcd4ec028JSpectraViewer | MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-0006-9000000000-980c9b02bf8c3edc429dJSpectraViewer | MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-014i-3900000000-b3d7dafb3c580788a19bJSpectraViewer | MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-014m-9400000000-cabf5986bb33963f8a9eJSpectraViewer | MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-fcf009856dd03d6e9591JSpectraViewer | MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-014i-2900000000-d4e74fcda0630e3d6348JSpectraViewer | MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-014i-9800000000-3d4350790429a1d48d62JSpectraViewer | MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-000f-9000000000-7d056c4cafa9bf19c964JSpectraViewer | MoNA
Biological Properties
Cellular LocationsNot Available
Biospecimen LocationsNot Available
Tissue LocationsNot Available
Normal Concentrations
Not Available
Abnormal Concentrations
Not Available
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDDB05869
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB008294
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID11544
KEGG Compound IDNot Available
BioCyc IDNot Available
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkNot Available
METLIN IDNot Available
PubChem Compound12041
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI IDNot Available
Food Biomarker OntologyNot Available
VMH IDNot Available
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Download (PDF)
General References
  1. Cheng BQ, Liu CT, Li WJ, Fan W, Zhong N, Zhang Y, Jia XQ, Zhang SZ: Ethyl pyruvate improves survival and ameliorates distant organ injury in rats with severe acute pancreatitis. Pancreas. 2007 Oct;35(3):256-61. [PubMed:17895847 ]
  2. Kou QY, Guan XD: [Effect of ethyl pyruvate on indices of tissue oxygenation and perfusion in dogs with septic shock]. Zhongguo Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue. 2008 Jan;20(1):34-6. [PubMed:18199399 ]
  3. (). Yannai, Shmuel. (2004) Dictionary of food compounds with CD-ROM: Additives, flavors, and ingredients. Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall/CRC.. .


General function:
Involved in tumor necrosis factor receptor binding
Specific function:
Cytokine that binds to TNFRSF1A/TNFR1 and TNFRSF1B/TNFBR. It is mainly secreted by macrophages and can induce cell death of certain tumor cell lines. It is potent pyrogen causing fever by direct action or by stimulation of interleukin-1 secretion and is implicated in the induction of cachexia, Under certain conditions it can stimulate cell proliferation and induce cell differentiation
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