Strecker degradation

What is Strecker degradation?

The Strecker degradation is a chemical process in which an α-amino acid reacts with a carbonyl compound in either an aqueous solution or suspension, resulting in the formation of carbon dioxide and an aldehyde or ketone containing one fewer carbon atom. This reaction can also be facilitated through the use of inorganic oxidizing agents.

Strecker degradation
Strecker degradation

References

Strecker, A. (1862), Ueber einige neue Bestandtheile der Schweinegalle. [On some new constituent parts of pig bile.] Justus Liebigs Ann. Chem., 123: 353-360. https://doi.org/10.1002/jlac.18621230310

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