Betulinic acid

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Cat.No. 3906 - Betulinic acid | C30H48O3 | CAS No. 472-15-1
Description: Antitumor and anti-HIV agent; activates NF-κB. Also TGR5 agonist
Chemical Name: (+)-(3β)-3-Hydroxylup-20(29)-en-28-oic acid
Citations (1)

Biological Activity

Natural triterpenoid that displays anti-HIV and antitumor activity. Induces the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and activates NF-κB. Also a GPBA receptor partial agonist (EC50 = 1.04 μM, efficacy 83%).

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Technical Data

M. Wt 456.7
Formula C30H48O3
Storage Store at +4°C
CAS Number 472-15-1
PubChem ID 64971
Smiles O[C@H]1CC[C@@]2(C)[C@](CC[C@]3(C)[C@@]([H])2CC[C@@]4([H])[C@](C)3CC[C@]5([C@](O)=O)[C@@]([H])4[C@H]([C@@](C)=C)CC5)([H])C(C)1C

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Solubility Data

Solvent Max Conc. mg/mL Max Conc. mM
DMSO 22.84 50

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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
1 mM 2.19 mL 10.95 mL 21.9 mL
5 mM 0.44 mL 2.19 mL 4.38 mL
10 mM 0.22 mL 1.09 mL 2.19 mL
50 mM 0.04 mL 0.22 mL 0.44 mL

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References are publications that support the products' biological activity.

Kashiwada et al (1996) Betulinic acid and dihydrobetulinic acid derivatives as potent anti-HIV agents. J.Med.Chem. 39 1016 PMID: 8676334

Fulda (2008) Betulinic acid for cancer treatment and prevention. Int.J.Mol.Sci. 9 1096 PMID: 19325847

Genet et al (2010) Structure-activity relationship study of betulinic acid, a novel and selective TGR5 agonist, and its synthetic derivatives: potential impact in diabetes. J.Med.Chem. 53 178 PMID: 19911773

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Keywords: antitumor anti-HIV NFkappaB NF-kB NFκB TGR5 receptors activators activates apoptosis inducers partial agonists agonism Apoptosis Inducers

1 Citation for Betulinic acid

Citations are publications that use Tocris products. Selected citations for Betulinic acid include:

Inoue et al (2012) Dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibition potentiates amino acid- and bile acid-induced bicarbonate secretion in rat duodenum. Neurotox Res 303 G810 PMID: 22821947

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Apoptosis Signaling Pathway

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