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Cat.No. 2175 - Tetrabenazine | C19H27NO3 | CAS No. 58-46-8
Description: Potent inhibitor of vesicular monoamine transport
Chemical Name: (3R,11bR)-rel-1,3,4,6,7,11b-hexahydro-9,10-dimethoxy-3-(2-methylpropyl)-2H-benzo[a]quinolizin-2-one
Purity: ≥98% (HPLC)

Biological Activity

Potent inhibitor of vesicular monoamine uptake; depletes stores of dopamine, serotonin and noradrenalin. Binds with high affinity (IC50= 3.2 nM) to vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT) in chromaffin granule membranes and displays higher affinity for VMAT2 than VMAT1. Also reported to block dopamine receptors. Causes behavioral depression; inhibits locomotor activity and produces hypothermia upon systemic administration in rats and mice.

Deuterated analog also available.

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Technical Data

M. Wt 317.2
Formula C19H27NO3
Storage Store at +4°C
Purity ≥98% (HPLC)
CAS Number 58-46-8
PubChem ID 11634155
Smiles O=C3[C@@H](CC(C)C)CN2CCC1=CC(OC)=C(OC)C=C1[C@@]([H])2C3

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Solubility Data

Solvent Max Conc. mg/mL Max Conc. mM
DMSO 31.74 100
ethanol 9.52 30

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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
1 mM 3.15 mL 15.76 mL 31.53 mL
5 mM 0.63 mL 3.15 mL 6.31 mL
10 mM 0.32 mL 1.58 mL 3.15 mL
50 mM 0.06 mL 0.32 mL 0.63 mL

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References are publications that support the products' biological activity.

Reches et al (1983) Tetrabenazine, an amine-depleting drug, also blocks dopamine receptors in rat brain. J.Pharmacol.Exp.Ther 225 515 PMID: 6864517

Pettibone et al (1984) Tetrabenazine-induced depletion of brain monoamines: characterisation and interaction with selected antidepressants. Eur.J.Pharmacol. 102 425 PMID: 6489435

Peter et al (1996) Chimeric vesicular monoamine transporters identify structural domains that influence substrate affinity and sensitivity to tetrabenazine. J.Biol.Chem. 271 2979 PMID: 8621690

Scherman et al (1983) Characterisation of the monoamine carrier of chromaffin granule membrane by binding of [2-3H]dihydrotetrabenazine. Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA 80 584 PMID:

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