Tanshinone IIA

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Cat.No. 4426 - Tanshinone IIA | C19H18O3 | CAS No. 568-72-9
Description: Inhibits NF-κB and AP-1 DNA binding. Displays antioxidant properties
Chemical Name: 6,7,8,9-Tetrahydro-1,6,6-trimethylphenanthro[1,2-b]furan-10,11-dione
Purity: ≥98% (HPLC)
Citations (1)
Literature (3)
Pathways (1)

Biological Activity

Major tanshinone isolated from Salvia miltiorrhiza. Inhibits NF-κB and AP-1 DNA binding. Exhibits cytotoxic activity in a number of different cancer cells. Inhibits β-amyloid aggregation and protects PC12 cells from β-amyloid-induced apoptosis. Displays antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Technical Data

M. Wt 294.34
Formula C19H18O3
Storage Store at RT
Purity ≥98% (HPLC)
CAS Number 568-72-9
PubChem ID 164676
Smiles O=C(C1=C(C4=C3C(C)=CO4)C=CC2=C1CCCC(C)2C)C3=O

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Solubility Data

Solvent Max Conc. mg/mL Max Conc. mM
DMSO 1.47 5 with gentle warming

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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
0.05 mM 67.95 mL 339.74 mL 679.49 mL
0.25 mM 13.59 mL 67.95 mL 135.9 mL
0.5 mM 6.79 mL 33.97 mL 67.95 mL
2.5 mM 1.36 mL 6.79 mL 13.59 mL

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

Lee et al (2008) Anticancer effects of tanshinone I in human non-small cell lung cancer. Mol.Cancer Ther. 7 3527 PMID: 19001436

Wang et al (2007) Growth inhibition and induction of apoptosis and differentiation of tanshinone IIA in human glioma cells. J.Neurooncol. 82 11 PMID: 16955220

Jin et al (2008) Tanshinone IIA from Salvia miltiorrhiza BUNGE inhibits human aortic smooth muscle cell migration and MMP-9 activity through AKT signaling pathway. J.Cell Biochem. 104 15 PMID: 17979138

Dong et al (2012) Tanshinone IIA protects PC12 cells from β-amyloid(25-35)-induced apoptosis via PI3K/Akt signaling pathway. Mol.Biol.Rep. 39 6495 PMID: 22314911

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1 Citation for Tanshinone IIA

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

Pedersen et al (2012) RAC1 in keratinocytes regulates crosstalk to immune cells by Arp2/3-dependent control of STAT1. J Cell Sci 125 5379 PMID: 22956547

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Pathways for Tanshinone IIA


NF-κB Signaling Pathway

NF-κB signaling plays an important role in inflammation, the innate and adaptive immune response and stress. Dysregulated signaling can occur in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.