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StatusExpected but not Quantified
Creation Date2012-10-09 08:20:49 UTC
Update Date2019-07-23 07:04:57 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB56580
Metabolite Identification
Common NameCL(16:0/18:1(11Z)/16:0/18:1(11Z))
DescriptionCL(16:0/18:1(11Z)/16:0/18:1(11Z)) is a cardiolipin (CL). Cardiolipins are sometimes called 'double' phospholipids because they have four fatty acid tails, instead of the usual two. They are glycerophospholipids in which the O1 and O3 oxygen atoms of the central glycerol moiety are each linked to one 1,3-diacylglyerol chain. Their general formula is OC(COP(O)(=O)OC[C@@H](CO[R1])O[R2])COP(O)(=O)OC[C@@H](CO[R3])O[R4], where R1-R4 are four fatty acyl chains. CL(16:0/18:1(11Z)/16:0/18:1(11Z)) contains two chains of hexadecanoic acid at the C1 and C3 positions, two chains of (11Z-octadecenoyl) at the C2 and C4 positions fatty acids. Cardiolipins are known to be present in all mammalian cells, especially cells with a high number of mitochondria. De novo synthesis of Cardiolipins begins with condensing phosphatidic acid (PA) with cytidine-5’-triphosphate (CTP) to form cytidine-diphosphate-1,2-diacyl-sn-glycerol (CDP-DG). Glycerol-3-phosphate is subsequently added to this newly formed CDP-DG molecule to form phosphatidylglycerol phosphate (PGP), which is immediately dephosphorylated to form PG. The final step is the process of condensing the PG molecule with another CDP-DG molecule to form a new cardiolipin, which is catalyzed by cardiolipin synthase. All new cardiolipins immediately undergo a series remodeling resulting in the common cardiolipin compositions. (PMID: 16442164 ). Cardiolipin synthase shows no selectivity for fatty acyl chains used in the de novo synthesis of cardiolipin (PMID: 16442164 ). Cardiolipins (bisphosphatidyl glycerol) are an important component of the inner mitochondrial membrane, where they constitute about 20% of the total lipid. While most lipids are made in the endoplasmic reticulum, cardiolipin is synthesized on the matrix side of the inner mitochondrial membrane and are important for mitochondrial respiratory capacity. They are highly abundant in metabolically active cells (heart, muscle) and play an important role in the blood clotting process. Tafazzin is an important enzyme in the remodeling of cardiolipins, and in contrast to cardiolipin synthase, it shows strong acyl specificity. This suggests that the specificity in cardiolipin composition is achieved through the remodeling steps. Mutation in the tafazzin gene disrupts the remodeling of cardiolipins and is the cause of Barth syndrome (BTHS), an X-linked human disease (PMID: 16973164 ). BTHS patients seem to lack acyl specificity. As a result, there are many potential cardiolipin species that can exist (PMID: 16226238 ).
CL(16:0/18:1(11Z)/16:0/18:1(11Z))Lipid Annotator
Chemical FormulaC77H146O17P2
Average Molecular Weight1405.9205
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight1405.00352627
IUPAC Name[(2R)-3-(hexadecanoyloxy)-2-[(11Z)-octadec-11-enoyloxy]propoxy][3-({[(2R)-3-(hexadecanoyloxy)-2-[(11Z)-octadec-11-enoyloxy]propoxy](hydroxy)phosphoryl}oxy)-2-hydroxypropoxy]phosphinic acid
Traditional Name(2R)-3-(hexadecanoyloxy)-2-[(11Z)-octadec-11-enoyloxy]propoxy(3-{[(2R)-3-(hexadecanoyloxy)-2-[(11Z)-octadec-11-enoyloxy]propoxy(hydroxy)phosphoryl]oxy}-2-hydroxypropoxy)phosphinic acid
CAS Registry NumberNot Available
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
Description belongs to the class of organic compounds known as cardiolipins. These are glycerophospholipids in which the O1 and O3 oxygen atoms of the central glycerol moiety are each linked to one 1,2-diacylglycerol chain. Their general formula is OC(COP(O)(=O)OC[C@@H](CO[R1])O[R2])COP(O)(=O)OC[C@@H](CO[R3])O[R4], where R1-R4 are four fatty acyl chains.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassLipids and lipid-like molecules
Sub ClassGlycerophosphoglycerophosphoglycerols
Direct ParentCardiolipins
Alternative Parents
  • Cardiolipin
  • Tetracarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Fatty acid ester
  • Dialkyl phosphate
  • Organic phosphoric acid derivative
  • Phosphoric acid ester
  • Alkyl phosphate
  • Fatty acyl
  • Carboxylic acid ester
  • Secondary alcohol
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Alcohol
  • Organic oxide
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Carbonyl group
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
  • Diacylglycerophosphoglycerophosphodiradylglycerols (LMGP12010006 )
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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 Solubility7.2e-05 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)1.59ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-3.4ChemAxon
Physiological Charge-2ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count9ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count3ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area236.95 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count80ChemAxon
Refractivity390.74 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability167.97 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveNoChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleNoChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash KeyView
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-0udi-0030000900-6dca06fa19016ea34e14Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-0udi-0031110900-67f3dee310670d233e30Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-05o3-0093300000-2d48733ff4502011e884Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-05n0-0693221320-dc671501c0c4b686f333Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-00n0-0593022230-c4aa24e038f5a1a1da82Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-00n0-0293162310-f9412f52b81db7e992caSpectrum
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Membrane
Biospecimen LocationsNot Available
Tissue LocationsNot Available
Normal Concentrations
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Abnormal Concentrations
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Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FooDB IDNot Available
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider IDNot Available
KEGG Compound IDNot Available
BioCyc IDNot Available
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkNot Available
METLIN IDNot Available
PubChem Compound9547189
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI IDNot Available
Food Biomarker OntologyNot Available
VMH IDNot Available
MarkerDB ID
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
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