N-acetylneuraminic acid, also known as Sialic acid, is a key component of important amino sugars that mediate cellular communication. Sialic acid is a naturally-occurring building block for compounds such as glycoproteins and gangliosides, and is therefore found in cell membranes, in the plasma and in glandular secretions such as saliva.
Due to the high concentration of Sialic acid in gangliosides, which are found in the membranes of neurons, this monosaccharide has an important role in brain development, and in the function of the nervous system. In addition, several viral pathogens (including human influenza virus and avian influenza virus) use sialylated proteins as receptors.
Sialic acid and its derivatives, and sialylated compounds (i.e. molecules conjugated to sialic acid) are already used as active pharmaceutical ingredients to prevent viral infections. Additional research will focus on the use of these compounds to promote healthy brain development and to prevent age-related degenerative nervous system disorders.
The sialic acid that we produce is a crystalline product with high purity. Jennewein Biotechnologie and its local partners are happy to provide more detailed information about our product sialic acid on request.