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Cat.No. 1777 - Arctigenin | C21H24O6 | CAS No. 7770-78-7
Description: Potent MEK1 inhibitor. Also inhibits IκBα phosphorylation
Alternative Names: (-)-Arctigenin
Chemical Name: (3R,4R)-4-[(3,4-Dimethoxyphenyl)methyl]dihydro-3-[(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)methyl]-2(3H)-furanone
Purity: ≥98% (HPLC)
Citations (1)

Biological Activity

Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative and antiviral agent. Inhibits LPS-induced iNOS expression via inhibition of IκBα phosphorylation and p65 nuclear translocation (IC50 = 10 nM). Inhibits HIV-1 replication in vitro. Also potently inhibits MKK1 (MEK1) (IC50 = 0.5 nM) and provides neuroprotection by binding to kainate receptors.

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Technical Data

M. Wt 372.42
Formula C21H24O6
Storage Desiccate at -20°C
Purity ≥98% (HPLC)
CAS Number 7770-78-7
PubChem ID 64981
Smiles OC(C=C3)=C(OC)C=C3C[C@@H](C(OC2)=O)[C@H]2CC1=CC(OC)=C(OC)C=C1

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Solubility Data

Solvent Max Conc. mg/mL Max Conc. mM
DMSO 37.24 100
ethanol 9.31 25mM with gentle warming

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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
1 mM 2.69 mL 13.43 mL 26.85 mL
5 mM 0.54 mL 2.69 mL 5.37 mL
10 mM 0.27 mL 1.34 mL 2.69 mL
50 mM 0.05 mL 0.27 mL 0.54 mL

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References are publications that support the products' biological activity.

Cho et al (2002) Potent inhibition of lipopolysaccharide-inducible nitric oxide synthase expression by dibenzylbutyrolactone lignans through inhibition of I-κBα phosphorylation and of p65 nuclear translocation. Int.Immunopharmacol. 2 105 PMID: 11789661

Jang et al (2002) Arctigenin protects cultured cortical neurons from glutamate-induced neurodegeneration by binding to kainate receptor. J.Neurosci.Res. 68 233 PMID: 11948668

Schroder et al (1990) Differential in vitro anti-HIV activity of natural lignans. Z.Naturforsch.C. 45 1215 PMID: 1965681

Cho et al (2003) Arctigenin, a potent inhibitor of MKK1, inhibits lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-inducible nitric oxide synthase expression through inhibition of I-κBα phosphorylation and of p65 nuclear translocation. Exp.Biol.Abstr. 152.2 PMID:

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1 Citation for Arctigenin

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Ogungbe et al (2014) (-) Arctigenin and (+) pinoresinol are antagonists of the human thyroid hormone receptor β. J Chem Inf Model 54 3051 PMID: 25383984

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