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Pyruvic Acid

Purposes of use
Medical materials
Pyruvic Acid

Musashino Chemical Laboratory, Ltd. started the manufacturing and sale of high-purity and highly stable Pyruvic Acid in 1978, before anyone else in the world.
Since the start of the manufacturing, we have established the manufacturing technology for high purity Pyruvic Acid products that meet the product assurance standards described in another paragraph, and have been stably selling the products for a long period of time.
If you have any plan on purchasing Pyruvic Acid or its derivatives, please contact us who have established the high purity and highly stable production technology.

Basic information

What is Pyruvic Acid?

Pyruvic Acid is an important intermediate involved in the TCA cycle of glycolysis in the body. It is involved in the biochemical synthesis of lipids, amino acids, proteins, ATP and others, and has applications in the synthesis of various bioactive substances in pharmaceuticals. Musashino Chemical Laboratory, Ltd. is the first company to make it possible to produce pyruvic acid of high purity and quality.


Pyruvic Acid is a key intermediate in the TCA cycle of the glycolytic system in a living organism and it is involved in biosynthesis, metabolism, and alcoholic fermentation of lipids, amino acids, proteins, ATP, etc. Because of this, it is widely used as a raw material for synthetic reaction of various bioactive substances for pharmaceutical products, And, Sodium pyruvate is used as a medium for cell culture and fermentation.
Furthermore, Pyruvic Acid serves as the source of energy in a living organism, as it transforms into an acetyl CoA and is also involved in ATP synthesis.

Package unit, packing style

20kg jerry can


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Features (information on components, physical properties)

Chemical name,

IUPAC name

Pyruvic Acid
Another name2-oxopropanoic acid, α-ketopropionic acid and pyroracemic acid
CAS No.127-17-3
Chemical formulaCH3COCOOH
Structural formula
Molecular weight88.07

Light yellow or yellowish-brown transparent liquid that has a peculiar odor

Specific gravity (20℃)


Melting point11.8℃
Boiling point (1.3 kPa)54 ℃ 
Flash point (Open)102℃ (Cleveland open-cup tester)
Toxicity (20℃)LD50 2.1g/kg (rat; oral)

*For detailed information on harmfulness and data on properties of Pyruvic Acid, please see the safety data sheet (SDS).

Product specs

Product Type

Pyruvic Acid

Product Specifications

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Main purposes of use and effects

We have made a number of deliveries for a wide range of applications.
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PharmaceuticalsSynthetic raw materials

Pyruvic acid is a compound with carboxylic acid, and easily reacts to nitrogen compounds, aldehyde, halide, and phosphorus compounds. Because it is highly reactive and its molecule is small, it is a key intermediate of fine chemicals, such as synthetic substrates and terminal sequestering agents for pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, and fragrances.
Moreover, it has a potential to be applied as sodium pyruvate to an intravenous solution, because it does not go through the glycolysis system when it delivers energy to cells.

Please see the PDF file below for synthesis examples.

Examples of reactions using pyruvic acid as a material

Pharmaceuticals, And cosmeticsAmino acid materials

Pyruvic acid is a key substance that connects the glycolysis system and the TCA cycle, which is also involved in biological synthesis actions and metabolic processes of carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids in a living organism. Because of this, it is used as a material for fermentation when producing chemical compounds produced in the TCA cycle.

Functional foodMaterial for manufacturing
ChemicalsMaterial for culture media (cell culture, microorganism culture)

Sodium pyruvate in the pyruvates is commonly used as a raw medium material for both cell culture and microorganism culture, from a viewpoint of the stability in pH and substances in the form of water solution.

As a fermentation medium, it is used as a base material for staphylococcus aureus and coliform bacteria.
Pyruvic acid is added as the source of energy for producing genetically modified bacteria and bacteria in food after sterilization by heating, and for producing bacteria under unique conditions such as culturing with nutritional restriction, etc.

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