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Cat.No. 5513 - Isotretinoin | C20H28O2 | CAS No. 4759-48-2
Description: Endogenous agonist for retinoic acid receptors; inducer of neuronal differentiation
Alternative Names: 13-cis-retinoic acid, Accutane
Chemical Name: 13-cis-Retinoic acid
Purity: ≥99% (HPLC)
Citations (1)
Literature (3)

Biological Activity for Isotretinoin

Endogenous agonist for retinoic acid receptors. Promotes neurite outgrowth, cell differentiation and inhibits proliferation in a neuroblastoma cell line. Also increases protein expression levels of MYCN and retinoic acid receptor-β. Anti-inflammatory.

Technical Data for Isotretinoin

M. Wt 300.44
Formula C20H28O2
Storage Store at -20°C
Purity ≥99% (HPLC)
CAS Number 4759-48-2
PubChem ID 5282379
Smiles C/C(/C=C/C=C(C)/C=C/C1=C(C)CCCC(C)1C)=C/C(O)=O

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References for Isotretinoin

References are publications that support the biological activity of the product.

Diamandis et al (2007) Chemical genetics reveals a complex functional ground state of neural stem cells. Nat.Chem.Biol. 3 268 PMID: 17417631

Blaner et al (2001) Cellular metabolism and actions of 13-cis-retinoic acid. J.Am.Acad.Dermatol. 45 S129 PMID: 11606944

Sonawane et al (2014) Metabolic characteristics of 13-cis-retinoic acid (isotretinoin) and anti-tumour activity of the 13-cis-retinoic acid metabolite 4-oxo-13-cis-retinoic acid in neuroblastoma. Br.J.Pharmacol. 171 5330 PMID: 25039756

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1 Citation for Isotretinoin

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

Cicero et al (2016) A High Throughput Phenotypic Screening reveals compounds that counteract premature osteogenic differentiation of HGPS iPS-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Sci Rep 6 34798 PMID: 27739443

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