Tuesday, July 30, 2019

What Do Neutralizing Skunk Odor &Tylenol Poisoning Have in Common?

 By Josh Bloom — July 25, 2019

One of the many fascinating aspects of organic chemistry is how seemingly different reactions work in the same exact way. There can be no better example of this than phenomenon than two very different functions – saving victims of Tylenol poisoning and neutralizing the smell of skunk spray – operating by an identical mechanism - a chemical reaction called a Michael addition.
Robert H. Cichewicz and colleagues at the University of Oklahoma have been looking for natural products that could "de-skunk" people and pets and they have a candidate called pericosine A -  a metabolite that was isolated from sea hare-derived fungus Periconia byssoides............. More @ American Council on Science and Health

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