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Is this compound found in the human body?

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    If so where? What does it do?

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    That's not a single compound, the R groups are variable.

    There are organophosphates in the human body, ATP is an example
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    (Original post by EierVonSatan)
    That's not a single compound, the R groups are variable.

    There are organophosphates in the human body, ATP is an example
    Thank you. I think this compound undergoes addition-elimination. The compound I've drawn is an intermediate which then eliminates to form a phosphate ion and an alcohol....I think.
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    (Original post by T-Toe)
    Thank you. I think this compound undergoes addition-elimination. The compound I've drawn is an intermediate which then eliminates to form a phosphate ion and an alcohol....I think.
    Organophosphates do undergo addition-elimination :yes: What you've drawn is the ''product'' of an organophosphates reaction with water:

    (RO)3P=O + H2O ---> (RO)3P(OH)2

    it's only an addition up to this point

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