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StatusExpected but not Quantified
Creation Date2006-05-22 14:17:45 UTC
Update Date2020-04-22 18:02:13 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB02275
Metabolite Identification
Common Name7,8-Dihydroneopterin
Description7,8-Dihydroneopterin, also known as dihydroneopterin, belongs to the class of organic compounds known as biopterins and derivatives. These are coenzymes containing a 2-amino-pteridine-4-one derivative. They are synthesized in several parts of the body, including the pineal gland. 7,8-Dihydroneopterin is a strong basic compound (based on its pKa). Within humans, 7,8-dihydroneopterin participates in a number of enzymatic reactions. In particular, 7,8-dihydroneopterin can be biosynthesized from sepiapterin; which is catalyzed by the enzyme sepiapterin reductase or carbonyl reductase [NADPH] 1. In humans, 7,8-dihydroneopterin is involved in the metabolic disorder called hyperphenylalaninemia due to 6-pyruvoyltetrahydropterin synthase (PTPS) deficiency. 7,8-Dihydroneopterin is produced by human monocyte-derived macrophages upon stimulation with interferon-gamma. Increased amounts of 7,8-dihydroneopterin in human body fluids are found in many disorders, including viral infections and autoimmune diseases (PMID: 12804528 ).
Chemical FormulaC9H13N5O4
Average Molecular Weight255.2306
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight255.096753929
IUPAC Name2-amino-6-[(1S,2R)-1,2,3-trihydroxypropyl]-1,4,7,8-tetrahydropteridin-4-one
Traditional Name2-amino-6-[(1S,2R)-1,2,3-trihydroxypropyl]-7,8-dihydro-1H-pteridin-4-one
CAS Registry Number1218-98-0
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
Description belongs to the class of organic compounds known as biopterins and derivatives. These are coenzymes containing a 2-amino-pteridine-4-one derivative. They are mainly synthesized in several parts of the body, including the pineal gland.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganoheterocyclic compounds
ClassPteridines and derivatives
Sub ClassPterins and derivatives
Direct ParentBiopterins and derivatives
Alternative Parents
  • Biopterin
  • Aminopyrimidine
  • Pyrimidone
  • Secondary aliphatic/aromatic amine
  • Pyrimidine
  • Vinylogous amide
  • Heteroaromatic compound
  • Ketimine
  • Secondary alcohol
  • Azacycle
  • Organic 1,3-dipolar compound
  • Propargyl-type 1,3-dipolar organic compound
  • Secondary amine
  • Polyol
  • Amine
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Primary amine
  • Primary alcohol
  • Organic oxide
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Imine
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organic nitrogen compound
  • Alcohol
  • Aromatic heteropolycyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAromatic heteropolycyclic compounds
External Descriptors



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Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility1.86 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)9.37ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)0.28ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count9ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count6ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area152.56 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count3ChemAxon
Refractivity69.66 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability24 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings2ChemAxon
Rule of FiveNoChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleNoChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash KeyView
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (6 TMS)splash10-00l5-1910400000-bd112529d925635514cdSpectrum
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (5 TMS)splash10-00di-2932500000-19e8700372faabe73f7aSpectrum
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (Non-derivatized) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-03dl-9640000000-11b256f7a4e39d238a0dSpectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-0udl-1390000000-7a17dedde70317d006b6Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-0f6x-3950000000-1106781b3c6d170aa292Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-052f-9300000000-0904e10b066f91e855dbSpectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-0a4r-0090000000-f50197d1f13af4158233Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-03dr-1790000000-ad8f0148941de4b772efSpectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-03k9-4900000000-9c19a9151f80a11b997bSpectrum
Biological Properties
Cellular LocationsNot Available
Biospecimen LocationsNot Available
Tissue LocationsNot Available
Normal Concentrations
Not Available
Abnormal Concentrations
Not Available
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDDB04425
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FooDB IDFDB030616
KNApSAcK IDC00007312
Chemspider ID58584
KEGG Compound IDC04874
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkNot Available
METLIN IDNot Available
PubChem Compound65074
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID17001
Food Biomarker OntologyNot Available
VMH IDNot Available
MarkerDB ID
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Download (PDF)
General References
  1. Pagel H, Fandrey J, Schobersberger W, Fuchs D, Jelkmann W: Effects of neopterin and 7,8-dihydroneopterin on hypoxia-induced renal erythropoietin production. Eur J Haematol. 1999 May;62(5):341-5. [PubMed:10359064 ]
  2. Wirleitner B, Obermoser G, Bock G, Neurauter G, Schennach H, Sepp N, Fuchs D: Induction of apoptosis in human blood T cells by 7,8-dihydroneopterin: the difference between healthy controls and patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Clin Immunol. 2003 Jun;107(3):152-9. [PubMed:12804528 ]
  3. Baier-Bitterlich G, Fuchs D, Zangerle R, Baeuerle PA, Werner ER, Fresser F, Uberall F, Baier G, Wachter H: trans-Activation of the HIV type 1 promoter by 7,8-dihydroneopterin in vitro. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 1997 Jan 20;13(2):173-8. [PubMed:9007202 ]
  4. Duggan S, Rait C, Platt A, Gieseg S: Protein and thiol oxidation in cells exposed to peroxyl radicals is inhibited by the macrophage synthesised pterin 7,8-dihydroneopterin. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2002 Aug 19;1591(1-3):139-145. [PubMed:12183064 ]
  5. Baier-Bitterlich G, Baier G, Fuchs D, Bock G, Hausen A, Utermann G, Pavelka M, Wachter H: Role of 7,8-dihydroneopterin in T-cell apoptosis and HTLV-1 transcription in vitro. Oncogene. 1996 Nov 21;13(10):2281-5. [PubMed:8950996 ]
  6. Wirleitner B, Baier-Bitterlich G, Bock G, Widner B, Fuchs D: 7,8-Dihydroneopterin-induced apoptosis in Jurkat T lymphocytes: a comparison with anti-Fas- and hydrogen peroxide-mediated cell death. Biochem Pharmacol. 1998 Nov 1;56(9):1181-7. [PubMed:9802329 ]
  7. Gieseg SP, Maghzal G, Glubb D: Protection of erythrocytes by the macrophage synthesized antioxidant 7,8 dihydroneopterin. Free Radic Res. 2001 Feb;34(2):123-36. [PubMed:11264890 ]
  8. Gieseg SP, Cato S: Inhibition of THP-1 cell-mediated low-density lipoprotein oxidation by the macrophage-synthesised pterin, 7,8-dihydroneopterin. Redox Rep. 2003;8(2):113-5. [PubMed:12804014 ]
  9. Fuchs D, Reibnegger G, Werner ER, Wachter H: Increased 7,8-dihydroneopterin and reduced methyl-group metabolism in HIV-1 infection. Lancet. 1990 May 12;335(8698):1167. [PubMed:1971904 ]
  10. Speth C, Stockl G, Fuchs D, Wirleitner B, Widner B, Wurzner R, Mohsenipour I, Lass-Florl C, Dierich MP: Inflammation marker 7,8-dihydroneopterin induces apoptosis of neurons and glial cells: a potential contribution to neurodegenerative processes. Immunobiology. 2000 Nov;202(5):460-76. [PubMed:11205375 ]
  11. Enzinger C, Wirleitner B, Lutz C, Bock G, Tomaselli B, Baier G, Fuchs D, Baier-Bitterlich G: 7,8-Dihydroneopterin induces apoptosis of Jurkat T-lymphocytes via a Bcl-2-sensitive pathway. Eur J Cell Biol. 2002 Apr;81(4):197-202. [PubMed:12018387 ]
  12. Gieseg SP, Reibnegger G, Wachter H, Esterbauer H: 7,8 Dihydroneopterin inhibits low density lipoprotein oxidation in vitro. Evidence that this macrophage secreted pteridine is an anti-oxidant. Free Radic Res. 1995 Aug;23(2):123-36. [PubMed:7581810 ]
  13. Greilberger J, Oettl K, Cvirn G, Reibnegger G, Jurgens G: Modulation of LDL oxidation by 7,8-dihydroneopterin. Free Radic Res. 2004 Jan;38(1):9-17. [PubMed:15061649 ]
  14. Horejsi R, Jung C, Moller R, Tafeit E, Reibnegger G: Generation of carbon monoxide and iron from hemeproteins in the presence of 7,8-dihydroneopterin. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2002 Jun 6;1571(2):124-30. [PubMed:12049792 ]
  15. Baier-Bitterlich G, Fuchs D, Wachter H: 7,8-Dihydroneopterin upregulates interferon-gamma promoter in T cells. Immunobiology. 1996;196(4):350-5. [PubMed:9061375 ]
  16. Baird SK, Reid L, Hampton MB, Gieseg SP: OxLDL induced cell death is inhibited by the macrophage synthesised pterin, 7,8-dihydroneopterin, in U937 cells but not THP-1 cells. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2005 Sep 30;1745(3):361-9. [PubMed:16084608 ]
  17. Wirleitner B, Czaputa R, Oettl K, Bock G, Widner B, Reibnegger G, Baier G, Fuchs D, Baier-Bitterlich G: Induction of apoptosis by 7,8-dihydroneopterin: involvement of radical formation. Immunobiology. 2001 May;203(4):629-41. [PubMed:11402497 ]
  18. Herpfer I, Greilberger J, Ledinski G, Widner B, Fuchs D, Jurgens G: Neopterin and 7,8-dihydroneopterin interfere with low density lipoprotein oxidation mediated by peroxynitrite and/or copper. Free Radic Res. 2002 May;36(5):509-20. [PubMed:12150539 ]
  19. Gieseg SP, Whybrow J, Glubb D, Rait C: Protection of U937 cells from free radical damage by the macrophage synthesized antioxidant 7,8-dihydroneopterin. Free Radic Res. 2001 Sep;35(3):311-8. [PubMed:11697129 ]


General function:
Involved in catalytic activity
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Not Available
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Dihydroneopterin triphosphate + Water → 7,8-Dihydroneopterin + Phosphatedetails
General function:
Involved in catalytic activity
Specific function:
Not Available
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Dihydroneopterin triphosphate + Water → 7,8-Dihydroneopterin + Phosphatedetails
General function:
Involved in catalytic activity
Specific function:
This isozyme may play a role in skeletal mineralization.
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Dihydroneopterin triphosphate + Water → 7,8-Dihydroneopterin + Phosphatedetails
General function:
Involved in catalytic activity
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Not Available
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Dihydroneopterin triphosphate + Water → 7,8-Dihydroneopterin + Phosphatedetails
General function:
Involved in 6-pyruvoyltetrahydropterin synthase activity
Specific function:
Involved in the biosynthesis of tetrahydrobiopterin, an essential cofactor of aromatic amino acid hydroxylases. Catalyzes the transformation of 7,8-dihydroneopterin triphosphate into 6-pyruvoyl tetrahydropterin.
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Involved in nucleotide binding
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Possesses single-stranded DNA-stimulated ATPase and ATP-dependent DNA helicase (5' to 3') activity; hexamerization is thought to be critical for ATP hydrolysis and adjacent subunits in the ring-like structure contribute to the ATPase activity. Component of the NuA4 histone acetyltransferase complex which is involved in transcriptional activation of select genes principally by acetylation of nucleosomal histones H4 and H2A. This modification may both alter nucleosome - DNA interactions and promote interaction of the modified histones with other proteins which positively regulate transcription. This complex may be required for the activation of transcriptional programs associated with oncogene and proto-oncogene mediated growth induction, tumor suppressor mediated growth arrest and replicative senescence, apoptosis, and DNA repair. The NuA4 complex ATPase and helicase activities seem to be, at least in part, contributed by the association of RUVBL1 and RUVBL2 with EP400. NuA4 may also play a direct role in DNA repair when recruited to sites of DNA damage. Proposed core component of the chromatin remodeling INO80 complex which is involved in transcriptional regulation, DNA replication and probably DNA repair. Plays an essential role in oncogenic transformation by MYC and also modulates transcriptional activation by the LEF1/TCF1-CTNNB1 complex. May also inhibit the transcriptional activity of ATF2.
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