What is methylation and acetylation?

Asked by aarohi kc | 1st Apr, 2011, 02:36: AM

Expert Answer:

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Methylation is the addition of a methyl group to a substrate or the substitution of an atom or group by a methyl group.
 Similarly, acetylation is a process which introduces an acetyl functional group into achemical compound. (Deacetylation is the removal of the acetyl group.). 
 A reaction involving the replacement of the hydrogen atom of an hydroxyl group with an acetyl radical (CH3CO) to yield a specific ester, the acetate. Acetic anhydride is commonly used as an acetylating agent reacting with free hydroxyl groups. 
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Answered by  | 3rd Apr, 2011, 05:24: PM

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