Sodium butyrate

≥98.5% (GC)

Butyric acid sodium salt
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biological source

synthetic (organic)


≥98.5% (GC)




250-253 °C (lit.)


water: 100 mg/mL, clear to slightly hazy, colorless

storage temp.

room temp

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Gene Information

mouse ... ENSMUSG00000061062(15181)

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Sodium butyrate has been used:
  • as a component in homogenization and immunoprecipitation buffer for HDAC inhibition in fly embryos and insect s2 cells.
  • as histone deacetylase inhibitor in breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231, analysed by cell viability assay and viral replication assay.
  • to enhance the production of recombinant tissue-plasminogen activator (t-PA) in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells in a bioreactor.


250 mg in glass bottle
1, 5 g in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Sodium butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid that inhibits histone deacetylase (HDAC) in the millimolar range. Decreases Ca2+ release from intracellular stores. Induces apoptosis in several cell lines. Sodium butyrate induces the production of recombinant protein in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells and other human cell lines. Sodium butyrate affects the proteome and gene expression pathways in the cells. It represses cell cycle related genes and modifies the genes involved in cell metabolism and apoptosis.




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Hazard Statements

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


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Not applicable

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Cody JJ, et al.
PLoS ONE, 9(3), e92919-e92919 (2014)
Histone deacetylase Rpd3 regulates olfactory projection neuron dendrite targeting via the transcription factor Prospero
Tea JS, et al.
The Journal of Neuroscience, 30(29), 9939-9946 (2010)
Na-butyrate sustains energetic states of metabolism and t-PA productivity of CHO cells
McMurray-Beaulieu V, et al.
Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, 108(2), 160-167 (2009)
Jiangping He et al.
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