melatonin safety (fwd)

Jason Kennerly jkenner at cello.gina.calstate.edu
Wed Oct 25 17:48:00 EST 1995


i wrote: 
> >I seriously doubt that tryptophan, synthetic or otherwise, is the source 
> >for COMMERCIALLY SOLD melatonin.

> >Itis a great starting point for BIOSYNTHESIS however.

rsamuel at cix.compulink.co.uk ("Bob Samuel") writes:
> Well, working for a company that manufactures melatonin commercially, I 
> can safely say that tryptophan is not the starting material for the 
> synthesis. I'm not going to tell you what is though...

acetyl chloride and 5-methoxy tryptamine, perhaps...

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