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materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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N-Acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac or NANA) is the predominant sialic acid.
Along with involvement in preventing infections (mucus associated with mucous membranes - mouth, nose, GI, respiratory tract), Neu5Ac acts as a receptor for influenza viruses to allow attachment to mucous cells (an early step in contracting the flu).