penicillic acidmedical dictionary

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3-methoxy-5-methyl-4-oxo-2,5-hexadienoic acid (in tautomeric equilibrium with its lactone). A mycotoxin with antibiotic and carcinogenic activity produced by various strains of penicillium, by Aspergillus ochraceus and Aspergillus melleus. Has been found in tobacco, sausages, and corn.

Pharmacological action: carcinogens, penicillins.

Chemical name: 2,5-Hexadienoic acid, 3-methoxy-5-methyl-4-oxo-

(12 Dec 1998)