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riboflavin 
An essential human nutrient that is a heat-stable and water-soluble flavin belonging to the vitamin B family. Riboflavin is a precursor of the coenzymes flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). These coenzymes are of vital importance in normal tissue respiration, pyridoxine activation, tryptophan to niacin conversion, fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism, and glutathione reductase mediated detoxification. Riboflavin may also be involved in maintaining erythrocyte integrity. This vitamin is essential for healthy skin, nails, and hair. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Synonyms:Lactoflavin
riboflavine
Vitamin B2
Chemical structure:6,7-Dimethyl-9-D-ribitylisoalloxazine