3D model (JSmol)
|E number||E307a (antioxidants, ...)|
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||430.71 g/mol|
|Appearance||yellow-brown viscous liquid|
|Melting point||2.5 to 3.5 °C (36.5 to 38.3 °F; 275.6 to 276.6 K)|
|Boiling point||200 to 220 °C (392 to 428 °F; 473 to 493 K) at 0.1 mmHg|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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α-Tocopherol is a type of vitamin E. It has E number "E307". Vitamin E exists in eight different forms, four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. All feature a chromane ring, with a hydroxyl group that can donate a hydrogen atom to reduce free radicals and a hydrophobic side chain which allows for penetration into biological membranes. Compared to the others, α-tocopherol is preferentially absorbed and accumulated in humans.
α-Tocopherol has three stereocenters, so it is a chiral molecule. The eight stereoisomers of α-tocopherol differ the configuration on these stereocenters. RRR-α-tocopherol is the natural one. Older name of RRR-α-tocopherol is d-α-tocopherol, but this d/l naming should be no longer used, because whether l-α-tocopherol should mean SSS enantiomer or the SRR diastereomer is not clear, from historical reasons. The SRR may be named 2-epi-α-tocopherol, the diastereomeric mixture of RRR-α-tocopherol and 2-epi-α-tocopherol may be called 2-ambo-α-tocopherol (formerly named dl-α-tocopherol). The mixture of all eight diastereomers is called all-rac-α-tocopherol
One IU of tocopherol is defined as ⅔ milligrams of RRR-α-tocopherol (formerly named d-α-tocopherol, or sometimes ddd-α-tocopherol). 1 IU is also defined as 1 mg of an equal mix of the eight stereoisomers, which is a racemic mixture, all-rac-α-tocopheryl acetate. This mix of stereoisomers is often called dl-α-tocopheryl acetate. However, 1 IU of this mixture of diastereomers is not now considered equivalent to 1 IU of natural RRR-α-tocopherol, and the Institute of Medicine and the USDA now convert IUs of the racemic mixture to milligrams of equivalent RRR using 1 IU racemic mixture = 0.45 "mg α-tocopherol".
- Merck Index, 11th Edition, 9931.
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- IUPAC Nomenclature of Tocopherols and Related Compounds
- "Composition of Foods Raw, Processed, Prepared USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20" (PDF). USDA. February 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-19.