Butyrylcholine

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Butyrylcholine
IUPAC name 2-butanoyloxyethyl-trimethyl-azanium
Other names Butyrylcholine.
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
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Properties
C9H20NO2+
Molar mass 174.262 g/mol
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references

Butyrylcholine is an acetylcholine-like molecule, with activation of some of the same receptors as acetylcholine. It is hydrolysed by acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase (also known as pseudocholinesterase), with butyrylcholinesterase being more efficient than acetylcholinesterase.

Butyrylcholine is a synthetic compound and does not occur in the body naturally. It is used as a tool to distinguish between acetyl- and butyrylcholinesterase.

Butyrylcholinesterase is also called serum cholinesterase. It is very similar to the neuronal acetylcholinesterase.

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