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Creation Date2006-08-12 20:28:49 UTC
Update Date2017-03-02 21:27:17 UTC
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Metabolite Identification
Common NameD-Arginine
DescriptionD-Arginine is an essential amino acid that is physiologically active in the L-form.
(2R)-2-amino-5-(carbamimidamido)Pentanoic acidChEBI
(2R)-2-amino-5-Guanidinopentanoic acidChEBI
(R)-2-amino-5-Guanidinopentanoic acidChEBI
D-2-amino-5-Guanidinovaleric acidChEBI
Chemical FormulaC6H14N4O2
Average Molecular Weight174.201
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight174.111675712
IUPAC Name(2R)-2-amino-5-carbamimidamidopentanoic acid
Traditional NameD-arginine
CAS Registry Number157-06-2
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of chemical entities known as d-alpha-amino acids. These are alpha amino acids which have the D-configuration of the alpha-carbon atom.
KingdomChemical entities
Super ClassOrganic compounds
ClassOrganic acids and derivatives
Sub ClassCarboxylic acids and derivatives
Direct ParentD-alpha-amino acids
Alternative Parents
  • D-alpha-amino acid
  • Fatty acid
  • Guanidine
  • Amino acid
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Carboximidamide
  • Propargyl-type 1,3-dipolar organic compound
  • Organic 1,3-dipolar compound
  • Amine
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organic oxide
  • Primary amine
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Primary aliphatic amine
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organic nitrogen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
StatusExpected but not Quantified
  • Endogenous
  • Protein synthesis, amino acid biosynthesis
ApplicationNot Available
Cellular locations
  • Peroxisome
Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility2.28 mg/mLALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)2.41ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)12.41ChemAxon
Physiological Charge1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count6ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count5ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area125.22 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count5ChemAxon
Refractivity53.92 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability18.04 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 10V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-00di-1900000000-a1207a353a5d383e8118View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 25V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-00di-9000000000-38faac95afc81e981a08View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 40V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-00di-9000000000-776b9e0f6bf6a0ddf5baView in MoNA
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot Available
2D NMR[1H,13C] 2D NMR SpectrumNot Available
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Peroxisome
Biofluid LocationsNot Available
Tissue Location
  • Epidermis
  • Platelet
D-Arginine and D-Ornithine MetabolismSMP00036map00472
Normal Concentrations
Not Available
Abnormal Concentrations
Not Available
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDNot Available
DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB023167
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID64224
KEGG Compound IDC00792
BioCyc IDCPD-220
BiGG ID36012
Wikipedia LinkNot Available
NuGOwiki LinkHMDB03416
Metagene LinkHMDB03416
PubChem Compound71070
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID15816
Synthesis ReferenceBirnbaum, Sanford M.; Winitz, Milton; Greenstein, Jesse P. A simplified preparation of D-arginine. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (1956), 60 496-8.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Download (PDF)
General References
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General function:
Involved in D-amino-acid oxidase activity
Specific function:
Regulates the level of the neuromodulator D-serine in the brain. Has high activity towards D-DOPA and contributes to dopamine synthesis. Could act as a detoxifying agent which removes D-amino acids accumulated during aging. Acts on a variety of D-amino acids with a preference for those having small hydrophobic side chains followed by those bearing polar, aromatic, and basic groups. Does not act on acidic amino acids.
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