Creatine

Creatine
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Chemical FormulaC4H9N3O2
Molecular weight131.135 g/mol
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Traditional NameCreatine
CAS Registry Number57-00-1

 

Creatine is an organic compound with the nominal formula (H2N)(HN)CN(CH3)CH2CO2H. This species exists in various modifications (tautomers) in solution. Creatine is found in vertebrates where it facilitates recycling of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency of the cell, primarily in muscle and brain tissue. Recycling is achieved by converting adenosine diphosphate (ADP) back to ATP via donation of phosphate groups. Creatine also acts as a buffer.

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