Sodium deoxycholate


In nature, sodium deoxycholate, which is referred to as a "secondary bile acid", is produced in the intestine from the salts of glycocholic and taurocholic acid (see cholic acid) by the action of bacterial enzymes. Less than half of the sodium deoxycholate is reabsorbed by the intestine and is returned the liver where it is conjugated and released into the gall bladder.

Sodium deoxycholate is extracted from cattle bile(also known as "bovine bile" or "ox bile"), which is a by-product of the meat processing industry, in a high temperature alkaline process.

Use of Chemical

Historically sodium deoxycholate was used as an intermediate for the production of corticosteroids, which have anti-inflammatory indications. It is used in the preparation and formulation of certain microbiological diagnostic media. Another use of sodium deoxycholate in research laboratories is as a biological detergent to lyse cells and solubilise cellular and membrane components.


  • CAS Number: 302-95-4
  • Molecular Weight: 414.55
  • Solubility: Soluble in water.
  • Packaging: Sodium deoxycholate is sealed in a polyethylene liner and packed in 20 kg fibre drums. Customer specific packaging can be provided.