Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Favorite Custom Order, Delta Amino Levulinic Acid

Wow, it's been awhile.

It's been a crazy few months, but hopefully I can get back into the blogging spirit. I'm grateful for all the holiday craze, but also grateful for it to be slowing down a bit again.

Here's something I did a few months ago, for a sweet man who wanted to give his wife something special on their wedding anniversary.

Delta Amino Levulinic Acid

Yeah, I had no idea what it was either, until a friendly trip to Wikipedia helped me out a bit.

"δ-Aminolevulinic acid (dALA or δ-ALA or 5ala or 5-aminolevulinic acid ) is the first compound in the porphyrin synthesis pathway, the pathway that leads to heme in mammals and chlorophyll in plants."


The coolest part was that this man's wife had discovered the use of d-ALA in the porphyrin synthesis back in the 50's. I have to say it was a little nerve wracking to make this molecule for such an important person and I spent a long time making sure all the bond angles were perfect! I don't think I've ever enjoyed making a custom molecule so much.

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