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Creation Date2009-06-19 21:58:36 UTC
Update Date2016-11-09 01:08:27 UTC
Accession NumberCHEM001139
Common NameIron cacodylate
ClassSmall Molecule
DescriptionIron cacodylate is a chemical compound of iron and arsenic. Arsenic is a chemical element that has the symbol As and atomic number 33. It is a poisonous metalloid that has many allotropic forms: yellow (molecular non-metallic) and several black and grey forms (metalloids) are a few that are seen. Three metalloidal forms of arsenic with different crystal structures are found free in nature (the minerals arsenopyrite and the much rarer arsenolamprite and pararsenolamprite), but it is more commonly found as a compound with other elements. (3)
Contaminant Sources
  • IARC Carcinogens Group 3
  • T3DB toxins
Contaminant Type
  • Arsenic Compound
  • Industrial/Workplace Toxin
  • Organic Compound
  • Organometallic
  • Synthetic Compound
Chemical Structure
Iron cacodylic acidGenerator
Chemical FormulaC6H18As3FeO6
Average Molecular Mass466.813 g/mol
Monoisotopic Mass466.810 g/mol
CAS Registry Number5968-84-3
IUPAC Namebis[(dimethylarsoryl)oxy]ferrio dimethylarsinate
Traditional Namebis[(dimethylarsoryl)oxy]ferrio dimethylarsinate
InChI IdentifierInChI=1S/3C2H7AsO2.Fe/c3*1-3(2,4)5;/h3*1-2H3,(H,4,5);/q;;;+3/p-3
Chemical Taxonomy
Description belongs to the class of organic compounds known as pentaorganoarsanes. These are organoarsenic compounds containing an arsenic compound that is pentasubstituted by only organic groups.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganometallic compounds
ClassOrganometalloid compounds
Sub ClassOrganoarsenic compounds
Direct ParentPentaorganoarsanes
Alternative Parents
  • Pentaorganoarsane
  • Alkylarsine oxide
  • Oxygen-containing organoarsenic compound
  • Organic metalloid salt
  • Organic transition metal salt
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Organic oxide
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organic salt
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkNot Available
External DescriptorsNot Available
Biological Properties
StatusDetected and Not Quantified
Cellular Locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
Biofluid LocationsNot Available
Tissue LocationsNot Available
PathwaysNot Available
ApplicationsNot Available
Biological RolesNot Available
Chemical RolesNot Available
Physical Properties
AppearanceYellow powder.
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot Available
Boiling PointNot Available
SolubilityNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility4.75 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Basic)-3.7ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count3ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count0ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area78.9 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count6ChemAxon
Refractivity44.05 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability29.86 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, PositiveNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, PositiveNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, PositiveNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, NegativeNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, NegativeNot Available
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, NegativeNot Available
Toxicity Profile
Route of ExposureOral (4) ; inhalation (4) ; dermal (4)
Mechanism of ToxicityArsenic and its metabolites disrupt ATP production through several mechanisms. At the level of the citric acid cycle, arsenic inhibits pyruvate dehydrogenase and by competing with phosphate it uncouples oxidative phosphorylation, thus inhibiting energy-linked reduction of NAD+, mitochondrial respiration, and ATP synthesis. Hydrogen peroxide production is also increased, which might form reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress. Arsenic's carginogenicity is influenced by the arsenical binding of tubulin, which results in aneuploidy, polyploidy and mitotic arrests. The binding of other arsenic protein targets may also cause altered DNA repair enzyme activity, altered DNA methylation patterns and cell proliferation. (2, 1)
MetabolismArsenic is absorbed mainly by inhalation or ingestion, as to a lesser extent, dermal exposure. It is then distributed throughout the body, where it is reduced into arsenite if necessary, then methylated into monomethylarsenic (MMA) and dimethylarsenic acid (DMA) by arsenite methyltransferase. Arsenic and its metabolites are primarily excreted in the urine. Arsenic is known to induce the metal-binding protein metallothionein, which decreases the toxic effects of arsenic and other metals by binding them and making them biologically inactive, as well as acting as an antioxidant. (5)
Toxicity ValuesNot Available
Lethal DoseNot Available
Carcinogenicity (IARC Classification)3, not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans. (8)
Uses/SourcesNot Available
Minimum Risk LevelAcute Oral: 0.005 mg/kg/day (7) Chronic Oral: 0.0003 mg/kg/day (7) Chronic Inhalation: 0.01 mg/m3 (7)
Health EffectsArsenic poisoning can lead to death from multi-system organ failure, probably from necrotic cell death, not apoptosis. Arsenic is also a known carcinogen, esepcially in skin, liver, bladder and lung cancers. (2, 5)
SymptomsExposure to lower levels of arsenic can cause nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels, and a sensation of
TreatmentArsenic poisoning can be treated by chelation therapy, using chelating agents such as dimercaprol, EDTA or DMSA. Charcoal tablets may also be used for less severe cases. In addition, maintaining a diet high in sulfur helps eliminate arsenic from the body. (5)
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PubChem Compound ID22273
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