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Pyruvic acid is used as a component in culture broths and media as commercial red seaweed polysaccharide. It is involved in the construction of amino acid alanine as well as supplies energy to living cells via citric acid cycle (Krebs cycle). It reacts with N-acetyl mannosamine by an aldol-type condensation to prepare sialic acid. It is employed to study the cultivation of soil bacteria as micro colonies using soil substrate membrane system. It finds application in liquid chromatography and in the determination of organic acids in red wine.
Canbay, E.; Habip, A.; Kara, G.; Eren, Z.; Akyilmaz, E. A microbial biosensor based on Lactobacillus delbruecki sp. bacterial cells for simultaneous determination of lactic and pyruvic acid. Food Chem. 2015, 169, 197-202.
Barone, V.; Biczysko, M.; Bloino, J.; Cimino, P.; Penocchio, E.; Puzzarini, C. CC/DFT Route toward Accurate Structures and Spectroscopic Features for Observed and Elusive Conformers of Flexible Molecules: Pyruvic Acid as a Case Study. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2015, 11 (9), 4342-4363.
Hazard Statements: H227-H314-H318
Combustible liquid. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P280-P305+P351+P338-P309-P310a
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF exposed or if you feel unwell: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor