Orotic acid

  • 6-Carboxyuracil
  • Whey factor
  • Animal galactose factor
  • 2,6-Dihydroxy-4-pyrimidinecarboxylic acid
  • 2,6-Dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyrimidine-4-carboxylic acid
  • 1,2,3,6-Tetrahydro-2,6-dioxo-4-pyrimidinecarboxylic acid
Formula
C5H4N2O4
Structure
Description
White crystals or crystalline powder.
Uses
Biochemical research, especially the biosynthesis of nucleic acids.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
CAS
65-86-1
EC (EINECS/ELINCS)
200-619-8
R 22 36/38
S 26 36/37/39
RTECS
RM3180000
RTECS class
Drug; Mutagen
Merck
12,7004
Beilstein/Gmelin
383901
Beilstein Reference
5-25-08-00224
Swiss Giftliste 1
G-6432
Canada DSL/NDSL
DSL
US TSCA
Listed
Austrailia AICS
Listed
Japan ENCS (MITI)
Listed
Korea ECL
Listed

Properties.
Formula
C5H4N2O4
Formula mass
156.1
Melting point, °C
345-346
Solubility in water
Very soluble
pKa/pKb
2.78 (pKa)

Hazards and Protection.
Storage
Keep in a cool, dry, dark location in a tightly sealed container or cylinder. Keep away from incompatible materials, ignition sources and untrained individuals. Secure and label area. Protect containers/cylinders from physical damage.
Handling
All chemicals should be considered hazardous. Avoid direct physical contact. Use appropriate, approved safety equipment. Untrained individuals should not handle this chemical or its container. Handling should occur in a chemical fume hood.
Protection
Chemical splash goggles in compliance with OSHA regulations are advised; however, OSHA regulations also permit other type safety glasses. Whre chemical resistant gloves. To prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact, wear impervious clothing and boots.
Respirators
Wear a NIOSH-approved half face respirator equipped with an organic vapor/acid gas cartridge (specific for organic vapors, HCl, acid gas and SO2) with a dust/mist filter.
Small spills/leaks
If you spill this chemical, you should dampen the solid spill material with water, then transfer the dampened material to a suitable container. Use absorbent paper dampened with water to pick up any remaining material. Seal your contaminated clothing and the absorbent paper in a vapor-tight plastic bag for eventual disposal. Wash all contaminated surfaces with a soap and water solution. Do not reenter the contaminated area until the Safety Officer (or other responsible person) has verified that the area has been properly cleaned.
Stability
No data.
Incompatibilities
Reacts in this way with all bases, both organic (for example, the amines) and inorganic Can react with active metals to form gaseous hydrogen and a metal salt Flammable and/or toxic gases and heat are generated by the reaction with with diazo compounds, dithiocarbamates, isocyanates, mercaptans, nitrides, and sulfides.

Fire.
Fire fighting
Fires involving this material can be controlled with a dry chemical, carbon dioxide or Halon extinguisher.
Fire potential
This material is probably combustible.

Health.
Poison_Class
4
Exposure effects
Abnormal neuropsychologic function has been reported following hydrochloric acid exposure from a leaking tanker truck.
   Ingestion
Ingestion of acids may result in burns, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastritis, perforations, dilation, edema, necrosis, vomiting, stenosis, fistula, and duodenal/jejunal injury.
   Inhalation
Inhalation may produce dyspnea, pleuritic chest pain, upper airway edema, pulmonary edema, hypoxemia, bronchospasm, pneumonitis, and persistent pulmonary function abnormalities. Airway hyperreactivity has also been reported.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. If the victim is conscious and not convulsing, give 1 or 2 glasses of water to dilute the chemical and IMMEDIATELY call a hospital or poison control center. Be prepared to transport the victim to a hospital if advised by a physician.
   Inhalation
IMMEDIATELY leave the contaminated area; take deep breaths of fresh air. If symptoms (such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, or burning in the mouth, throat, or chest) develop, call a physician and be prepared to transport the victim to a hospital. Provide proper respiratory protection to rescuers entering an unknown atmosphere. Whenever possible, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) should be used.
   Skin
IMMEDIATELY flood affected skin with water while removing and isolating all contaminated clothing. Gently wash all affected skin areas thoroughly with soap and water. If symptoms such as redness or irritation develop, IMMEDIATELY call a physician and be prepared to transport the victim to a hospital for treatment.
   Eyes
First check the victim for contact lenses and remove if present. Flush victim's eyes with water or normal saline solution for 20 to 30 minutes while simultaneously calling a hospital or poison control center. Do not put any ointments, oils, or medication in the victim's eyes without specific instructions from a physician. IMMEDIATELY transport the victim after flushing eyes to a hospital even if no symptoms (such as redness or irritation) develop.

Transport.