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    Myristic acid
    CAS No. 544-63-8 Price $30 / 20mg
    Catalog No.CFN93243Purity>=98%
    Molecular Weight228.37Type of CompoundMiscellaneous
    FormulaC14H28O2Physical DescriptionPowder
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    Description: Dietary myristic acid modifies the HDL-cholesterol concentration and liver scavenger receptor BI expression in the hamster. Myristic acid increases the activity of dihydroceramide Δ4-desaturase 1 through its N-terminal myristoylation, it also supports the immediate inhibitory effect of lauric acid on ruminal methanogens and methane release.
    In vitro:
    Anaerobe. 2004 Oct;10(5):269-76.
    Myristic acid supports the immediate inhibitory effect of lauric acid on ruminal methanogens and methane release.[Pubmed: 16701527]

    Two in vitro experiments were carried out with the Hohenheim gas test (HGT) apparatus in order to investigate dose-dependent effects and interactions of non-esterified lauric acid (C(12)) and Myristic acid (C(14)) given either individually or in mixture on ruminal methanogens and methanogenesis. Special emphasis was also put on the relationship between effects on methane formation and methanogenic counts. The in vitro incubations were conducted in 10mL ruminal fluid and 20mL buffer solution and lasted for 24h. In the first experiment, 14 levels of C(12), C(14) and stearic acid (C(18); control) were supplied each in increasing steps of 2.5mg covering the range from 0 to 32.5mg. In the second experiment, dosages ranging from 2.5 to 30mg C(12) were supplemented in steps of 2.5mg either without or with 10, 20 or 30mg of C(14). Counts of total Archaea and individual methanogenic orders were determined by the fluorescence in situ hybridization technique using 16S rRNA oligonucleotide probes. In experiment 1, a methane-suppressing effect of more than 80% was achieved with a supply of 30mg C(12), whereas C(14) and C(18) had no effect. Incubation liquid counts of total Archaea and individual methanogenic orders (Methanococcales, Methanosarcinales, Methanomicrobiales and Methanobacteriales) exponentially decreased as a response to C(12) and C(14) to about the same degree (up to 90%) and, to a lesser extent, by C(18). The proportions of the orders of total methanogenic population were not altered by any of the fatty acids. In experiment 2, an additional supply of 10 or 20mg of C(14) supported the suppression of methanogenesis and methanogens by C(12) synergistically. Supplementing 30mg instead of 20mg of C(14) did not further increase the efficacy of C(12) in suppressing methane formation and methanogens.
    The study illustrated the advantage of using mixtures of C(12) and C(14) in ruminant nutrition to suppress methane emission since mixtures will reduce the amounts of the less palatable C(12) required in feed.
    Biochimie, 2007, 89(12):1553-1561.
    Myristic acid increases the activity of dihydroceramide Δ4-desaturase 1 through its N-terminal myristoylation[Pubmed: 17716801]
    Dihydroceramide Δ4-desaturase (DES) catalyzes the desaturation of dihydroceramide into ceramide. In mammals, two gene isoforms named DES1 and DES2 have recently been identified. The regulation of these enzymes is still poorly understood. This study was designed to examine the possible N-myristoylation of DES1 and DES2 and the effect of this co-translational modification on dihydroceramide Δ4-desaturase activity.
    N-MyristoylTransferases (NMT) catalyze indeed the formation of a covalent linkage between myristoyl-CoA and the N-terminal glycine of candidate proteins, as found in the sequence of DES proteins. The expression of both rat DES in COS-7 cells evidenced first that DES1 but not DES2 was associated with an increased dihydroceramide Δ4-desaturase activity. Then, we showed that recombinant DES1 was myristoylated in vivo when expressed in COS-7 cells. In addition, in vitro myristoylation assay with a peptide substrate corresponding to the N-terminal sequence of the protein confirmed that NMT1 has a high affinity for DES1 myristoylation motif (apparent Km = 3.92 μM). Compared to an unmyristoylable mutant form of DES1 (Gly replaced by an Ala), the dihydroceramide Δ4-desaturase activity of the myristoylable DES1-Gly was reproducibly and significantly higher. Finally, the activity of wild-type DES1 was also linearly increased in the presence of increased concentrations of Myristic acid incubated with the cells. These results demonstrate that DES1 is a newly discovered myristoylated protein. This N-terminal modification has a great impact on dihydroceramide Δ4-desaturase activity.
    These results suggest therefore that Myristic acid may play an important role in the biosynthesis of ceramide and in sphingolipid metabolism.
    In vivo:
    Br J Nutr. 2002 Mar;87(3):199-210.
    Dietary myristic acid modifies the HDL-cholesterol concentration and liver scavenger receptor BI expression in the hamster.[Pubmed: 12064328 ]
    The influence of Myristic acid in a narrow physiological range (0.5 to 2.4% of total dietary energy) on the plasma and hepatic cholesterol metabolism was investigated in the hamster.
    The hamsters were fed on a diet containing 12.5 g fat/100 g and 0.05 g cholesterol/100 g with 0.5% Myristic acid (LA diet) for 3 weeks (pre-period). During the following 3 weeks (test period), they were divided into four dietary groups with 0.5% (LA), 1.2% (LM), 1.8% (ML) or 2.4% (M) Myristic acid. Finally, half the hamsters in each group were again fed the LA diet for another 3 weeks (post-period). At the end of the test period, the hepatic expression of the scavenger receptor BI (SR-BI) was lower in the LM, ML and M groups than in the LA group whereas the hepatic cholesteryl ester concentration was higher. Cholesterol 7alpha hydroxylase activity was lower in the ML and M groups than in the LA and LM groups while the sterol 27 hydroxylase and 3-hydroxy-3-methyl glutaryl coenzyme A reductase activities were not modulated by dietary Myristic acid. This is the first time a negative correlation has been observed between the HDL-cholesterol concentration and the hepatic mass of SR-BI (r -0.69; P<0.0001) under physiological conditions. An inverse linear regression was also shown between SR-BI and the percentage of Myristic acid in the diet (r -0.75; P<0.0001). The hepatic mass of SR-BI in the M group had increased at the end of the post-period compared with the test-period values.
    The present investigation shows that Myristic acid modulates HDL-cholesterol via a regulation of the SR-BI expression.
    Myristic acid Description
    Source: From Coconut oil
    Solvent: Chloroform, Dichloromethane, Ethyl Acetate, DMSO, Acetone, etc.
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    Calculate Dilution Ratios(Only for Reference)
    1 mg 5 mg 10 mg 20 mg 25 mg
    1 mM 4.3789 mL 21.8943 mL 43.7886 mL 87.5772 mL 109.4715 mL
    5 mM 0.8758 mL 4.3789 mL 8.7577 mL 17.5154 mL 21.8943 mL
    10 mM 0.4379 mL 2.1894 mL 4.3789 mL 8.7577 mL 10.9471 mL
    50 mM 0.0876 mL 0.4379 mL 0.8758 mL 1.7515 mL 2.1894 mL
    100 mM 0.0438 mL 0.2189 mL 0.4379 mL 0.8758 mL 1.0947 mL
    * Note: If you are in the process of experiment, it's need to make the dilution ratios of the samples. The dilution data of the sheet for your reference. Normally, it's can get a better solubility within lower of Concentrations.
    Structure Identification:
    Nature. 1987 Apr 9-15;326(6113):619-22.
    Myristic acid is coupled to a structural protein of polyoma virus and SV40.[Pubmed: 3031509]
    In the lytic cycle of papova viruses, both uncoating of the viral genome after infection and assembly of functional virions take place in the cell nucleus. The mechanisms by which newly internalized virions are targeted to the nucleus and viral DNA encapsidated into particles are poorly understood. Although the major capsid protein VP1 is involved in endocytosis, and largely defines virion structure, the functions of the minor proteins VP2 and VP3 have remained obscure.
    Here we show that VP2 from both polyoma virus and simian virus 40 (SV40) is covalently linked to Myristic acid; this is the first report of a myristylated protein in the nucleus and of a fatty acid being important in the structure of a nonenveloped virus.
    We consider the implications of this unusual modification on encapsidation and suggest that VP2 may be a scaffolding protein for virion assembly.