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Lycopene, 90%


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Lycopene is a phytochemical, synthesized by plants and microorganisms but not by animals. It is an acyclic isomer of beta-carotene. This highly unsaturated hydrocarbon contains 11 conjugated and 2 unconjugated double bonds, making it longer than any other carotenoid. As a polyene, it undergoes cis-trans isomerization induced by light, thermal energy, and chemical reactions. Lycopene obtained from plants tends to exist in an all-trans configuration, the most thermodynamically stable form. Humans cannot produce lycopene and must ingest fruits, absorb the lycopene, and process it for use in the body. In human plasma, lycopene is present as an isomeric mixture, with 50% as cis isomers.
Catalog #L7785
StabilityHygroscopic, light and moisture sensitive. Unstable in solution.
AtmosphereInert gas
Melting Point162-164ºC
Method for Determining IdentityProton NMR Spectroscopic and Mass Spectrometric Analysis
TLC ConditionsSiO2: Hexane; Ethyl Aectate: 10:1; Visualized with UV and naked eye; Single spot; Rf=0.6
StorageLong-term storage is recommended at -70°C. For maximum recovery of product, centrifuge the original vial prior to removing the cap. Store under inert atmosphere.
Toxicity and HazardsDue to the potential danger associated with the use of some of United States Biological biochemicals, all products should be handled by qualified personnel only, trained in laboratory procedures, and familiar with potential hazards. Information is not available on the possible hazards of many experimental compounds. The absence of a warning must not be interpreted as indication of safety. The ultimate responsibility for the proper handling of any and all chemicals lies with the user. All goods sold by United States Biological carry the condition that liability for any injury, loss or damage whatsoever to persons or real property resulting from the handling of the said goods lies with the user. Acceptance of our goods binds the customer to these terms.
CAS Number502-65-8
Molecular FormulaC40H56
Molecular Weight536.87
Important NoteThis product as supplied is intended for research use only, not for use in human, therapeutic or diagnostic applications without the expressed written authorization of United States Biological. Toxicity and Hazards: All products should be handled by qualified personnel only, trained in laboratory procedures.

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