Shikimic Acid

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shikimic acid

[shə′kim·ik ′as·əd]
C7H10O5 A crystalline acid that is a plant constituent, and an intermediate in the biochemical pathway from phosphoenolpyruvic acid to tyrosine.

Shikimic Acid


the most important intermediate product of metabolism in microorganisms and higher plants; colorless crystals, with a melting point of 184°C and good solubility in water.

The biochemical role of shikimic acid was elucidated in 1955–58 by the American microbiologist B. Davis while working with mutants of Bacillus coli. The formation of the acid is related to carbohydrate metabolism; its closest precursor is 7-phosphate-3-deoxyarabinoheptulose. Shikimic acid takes part in the biosynthesis of aromatic acids, including the amino acids phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan; phenol compounds, including phenol alkaloids; coumarins; lignin; and flavonoid pigments and other secondary metabolites.


Zaprometov, M. N. Osnovy biokhimii fenol’nykh soedinenii. Moscow, 1974.
Biokhimiia rastenii. Moscow, 1968. (Translated from English.)
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