(= 2,6,10,14-tetramethylpentadecane.) Extracted from shark liver. Will induce a lupus-like syndrome in non-autoimmune mice and a form of experimental arthritis.


It is a transparent oily liquid that is immiscible with water, but soluble in diethyl ether, benzene, chloroform and carbon tetrachloride. Pristane is known to induce autoimmune diseases in rodents. It is used in research to understand the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It is used as a lubricant, a transformer oil, an immunologic ...
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