Acetyl coenzyme A lithium salt

≥93% (HPLC)

Acetyl-CoA, Acetyl-S-CoA Li3
Empirical Formula (Hill Notation):
C23H38N7O17P3S · xLi+
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Molecular Weight:
809.57 (free acid basis)
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Quality Level


≥93% (HPLC)


H2O: soluble 100 mg/mL, clear, colorless

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Acetyl coenzyme A is suitable in CAT reporter assay for the measurement of chloramphenicol acetyltransferase by incubating the cell extract with 0.1 μCi [14C] chloramphenicol and 0.5mM acetyl-CoA.
An essential cofactor in enzymatic acetyl transfer reactions.


10, 25, 100 mg in poly bottle
1, 5 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Alterations in the gene encoding acetyl-CoA have been linked to Alzheimer′s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Defects in the gene cause myasthenic syndrome associated with episodic apnea.
Acetyl-CoA is an essential cofactor and carrier of acyl groups in enzymatic acetyl transfer reactions. It is formed either by the oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate in mitochondria, by the oxidation of long-chain fatty acids, or by the oxidative degradation of certain amino acids. Acetyl-CoA is the starting compound for the citric acid cycle (Kreb′s cycle). It is also a key precursor in lipid biosynthesis, and the source of all fatty acid carbons. Acetyl-CoA positively regulates the activity pyruvate carboxylase. It is a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Histone acetylases (HAT) use Acetyl-CoA as the donor for the acetyl group use in the post-translational acetylation reactions of histone and non-histone proteins.

Physical properties

This moisture-sensitive powder should be stored desiccated at −20°C.

Preparation Note

Prepared enzymatically


Acetyl CoA is soluble in deionized water at 100 mg/mL. Acetyl CoA is stable in neutral and moderately acidic solutions but will hydrolyze in alkaline and strongly acidic solutions. Aqueous solutions stored in single-use aliquots are stable for up to two weeks at −20°C and up to 6 months at −80°C.

Other Notes

For more more technical information and a complete list of Coenzyme A deriviatives visit the Acyl Transfer Reagents Resource.


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Target Organs

Respiratory system


11 - Combustible Solids

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Flash Point F

Not applicable

Flash Point C

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

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Whitney R Luebben et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(45), 19254-19259 (2010-10-27)
Histone posttranslational modifications and chromatin dynamics are inextricably linked to eukaryotic gene expression. Among the many modifications that have been characterized, histone tail acetylation is most strongly correlated with transcriptional activation. In Metazoa, promoters of transcriptionally active genes are generally...
Rajnish Kumar et al.
Scientific reports, 6, 31247-31247 (2016-08-11)
Recent reports have brought back the acetylcholine synthesizing enzyme, choline acetyltransferase in the mainstream research in dementia and the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. Here we report, a specific strategy for the design of novel ChAT ligands based on molecular docking, Hologram...
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Devis Sinani et al.
Journal of virology, 85(23), 12124-12133 (2011-09-23)
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Swetha Vijayaraghavan et al.
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