Molecule of the Week

Pyridoxal 5-phosphate

December 31, 2012

Pyridoxal 5-phosphate—the bioactive form of vitamin B6—is a cofactor in many enzymatic reactions. It was first prepared in 1944 by I. C. Gunsalus and co-workers at Cornell University. Some people claim that Vitamin B6 can alleviate symptoms of pregnant women’s morning sickness and alcoholic hangovers.

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