β-Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate hydrate; β-NADP,
Coenzyme II, NADP, TPN, Triphosphopyridine nucleotide, β-NADP+;
β-Nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide, phosphate, oxidized form,
monosodium salt; β-TPN+; Coenzyme-II

Technical Data

CAS Number: 53-59-8 (anhydrous)
Molecular Formula: C21H28N7O17P3 · xH2O
Molecular Weight: 743.41 (anhydrous basis)

FabriChem Specifications

Purity93% Min.
Sodium Contents3.0 ± 1.5%
Water Contents (K.F.)8% Max.
Spectral Analysis:
ε at 260 nm & pH 7.5(18.0 ± 0.8) x 103 L · mole-1 · cm-1
ε at 340 nm & pH 7.5
(when reduced with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase)
(6.2 ± 0.3) x 103 L · mole-1 · cm-1
Ratio A250/ A260 (pH 7.5)0.83 ± 0.03
Ratio A280/ A260 (pH 7.5)0.21 ± 0.02
Ratio A340/ A260 (pH 7.5) (when reduced with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase)0.43 ± 0.02

Molecular Structure



Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) is a coenzyme found in all living cells. The compound is a dinucleotide, because it consists of two nucleotides joined through their phosphate groups. One nucleotide contains an adenine base and the other nicotinamide. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide exists in two forms, an oxidized and reduced form abbreviated as NAD+ and NADH respectively.

In metabolism, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is involved in redox reactions, carrying electrons from one reaction to another. The coenzyme is, therefore, found in two forms in cells: NAD+ is an oxidizing agent – it accepts electrons from other molecules and becomes reduced. This reaction forms NADH, which can then be used as a reducing agent to donate electrons. These electron transfer reactions are the main function of NAD.

Compounds are released by reactions that break down the structure of NAD. These preformed components then pass through a salvage pathway that recycles them back into the active form. Some NAD is also converted into nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP); the chemistry of this related coenzyme is similar to that of NAD, but it has different roles in metabolism.