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Cat.No. 0610 - Parthenolide | C15H20O3 | CAS No. 20554-84-1
Description: 5-HT release inhibitor
Chemical Name: [1aR-(1aR*,4E,7aS*,10aS*,-10bR*)]-2,3-6,7,7a,8,10a,10b-Octahydro-1a,5-dimethyl-8-methyleneoxireno[9,10]cyclodeca[1,2-b]furan-9(1aH)-one
Purity: ≥98% (HPLC)
Citations (1)
Reviews (1)

Biological Activity

The active principle of feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium). Antisecretory, anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic; inhibits the release of 5-HT from blood platelets. Also inhibits activation of NF-κB, and generation of leukotriene B4 and thromboxane B2.

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Technical Data

M. Wt 248.32
Formula C15H20O3
Storage Desiccate at +4°C
Purity ≥98% (HPLC)
CAS Number 20554-84-1
PubChem ID 6473881
Smiles C/C1=C\CC[C@]2(C)[C@@H](O2)[C@@H](OC([C@]3=C)=O)[C@H]3CC1

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Solubility Data

Solvent Max Conc. mg/mL Max Conc. mM
DMSO 12.42 100
ethanol 24.83 100

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The following data is based on the product molecular weight 248.32. Batch specific molecular weights may vary from batch to batch due to solvent of hydration, which will affect the solvent volumes required to prepare stock solutions.

Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
1 mM 4.03 mL 20.14 mL 40.27 mL
5 mM 0.81 mL 4.03 mL 8.05 mL
10 mM 0.4 mL 2.01 mL 4.03 mL
50 mM 0.08 mL 0.4 mL 0.81 mL

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References are publications that support the products' biological activity.

Groenewegen and Heptinstall (1990) A comparison of the effects of an extract of feverfew and parthenolide, a component of feverfew, on human platelet activity in vitro. J.Pharm.Pharmacol. 42 553 PMID: 1981582

Heptinstall et al (1986) Compounds extracted from feverfew that have anti-secretory activity contain an α-methylene butyrolactone unit. J.Pharm.Pharmacol. 38 709 PMID: 2877077

Sumner et al (1992) Inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase and cyclo-oxygenase in leukocytes by feverfew. Involvement of sesquiterpene lactones and other components. Biochem.Pharmacol. 43 2313 PMID: 1319159

Hehner et al (1998) Sesquiterpene lactones specifically inhibit activation of NF-κB by preventing the degradation of IκB-α and IκB-β. J.Biol.Chem. 273 1288 PMID: 9430659

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1 Citation for Parthenolide

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

Lee et al (2016) Mincle-mediated translational regulation is required for strong nitric oxide production and inflammation resolution. Anesth Analg 7 11322 PMID: 27089465

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Parthenolide as a behavioral cocaine antagonist
By One Pagan on 01/10/2018
Assay Type: In Vivo
Species: Other

Behavioral evaluation of antagonistic effects of parthenolide on cocaine effects in planarians

I have used Tocris’ Parthenolide (Cat. No. 0610) for a few years in my research program searching for behavioral antagonists of cocaine. This research has resulted in 5 peer-reviewed papers and the discovery story is included in a chapter of my book “The First Brain: The Neuroscience of Planarians” and in a review paper (shown in the figure). There are at least 4 more papers in preparation and the project is still going strong. In the initial phases of my project, I evaluated several suppliers of parthenolide and Tocris’ offering consistently came ahead in terms of customer service and compound purity, and I do not intend to change suppliers. I recommend this product and the company without reservation.

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