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Catalog No.S7435 Synonyms: GSK-3β Inhibitor VIII

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AR-A014418 Chemical Structure

CAS No. 487021-52-3

AR-A014418 (GSK-3β Inhibitor VIII) is an ATP-competitive, and selective GSK3β inhibitor with IC50 and Ki of 104 nM and 38 nM in cell-free assays, without significant inhibition on 26 other kinases tested.

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  • Protein levels of p-GSK3α/β (Tyr279/Tyr216, Ser21/Ser9) and total GSK3α/β in A549 cells with Lithium chloride, SB216763, TWS119 or ARA014418 treatment were assessed by immunoblotting

    Cell Physiol Biochem, 2017, 42(3):1177-1191. AR-A014418 purchased from Selleck.

  • A. Dual-luciferase reporter assay showing β-catenin activity after treatment of 5 μM AR-A (n = 3). B. The influence of AR-A on the expression of β-catenin downstream targets in KCNQ1-overexpressing Huh7 and LM3 cells was determined by CCK-8 assay (n = 3).

    Biochem Biophys Res Commun, 2018, 503(4):3100-3107. AR-A014418 purchased from Selleck.

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Description AR-A014418 (GSK-3β Inhibitor VIII) is an ATP-competitive, and selective GSK3β inhibitor with IC50 and Ki of 104 nM and 38 nM in cell-free assays, without significant inhibition on 26 other kinases tested.
Features Cell-permeable GSK3-selective inhibitor.
GSK-3β [1]
(Cell-free assay)
GSK-3β [1]
(Cell-free assay)
38 nM(Ki) 38 nM(Ki)
In vitro

AR-A014418 inhibits tau phosphorylation at a GSK3-specific site (Ser-396) in 3T3 fibroblasts expressing human four-repeat tau protein with IC50 of 2.7 μM, and protects cultured N2A cells from death induced by blocking PI3K/PKB pathway. In hippocampal slices, AR-A014418 inhibits neurodegeneration mediated by beta-amyloid peptide. [1] While in NGP and SH-5Y-SY cells, AR-A014418 reduces neuroendocrine markers and suppresses neuroblastoma cell growth. [2]

Cell Data
Cell Lines Assay Type Concentration Incubation Time Formulation Activity Description PMID
human BxPC3 cells NI\NOpdIem:5dHigbY5pcWKrdHnvckBie3OjeR?= NUXW[FVYPzJiaB?= MW\Hdo94fGhiaX7obYJqfGmxbjDv[kBpfW2jbjDCfHBEOyClZXzsd{Bi\nSncjC3NkBpenNiYomgUXRUKGG|c3H5MEBKSzVyPUG0JO69VQ>? M4XCR|E6OzN6M{W1
human HUPT3 cells NYTCfnJ[T3Kxd4ToJIlvcGmkaYTpc44h[XO|YYm= MWW3NkBp M4XXcGdzd3e2aDDpcohq[mm2aX;uJI9nKGi3bXHuJGhWWFR|IHPlcIx{KGGodHXyJFczKGi{czDifUBOXFNiYYPzZZktKEmFNUC9NlIh|ryP M{XPV|E6OzN6M{W1
human MIAPaCa2 cells NH\EOGdIem:5dHigbY5pcWKrdHnvckBie3OjeR?= NXTO[GtuPzJiaB?= M{jufGdzd3e2aDDpcohq[mm2aX;uJI9nKGi3bXHuJG1KSVCjQ3GyJINmdGy|IHHmeIVzKDd{IHjyd{BjgSCPVGOgZZN{[XluIFnDOVA:OjlizszN MVGxPVM{QDN3NR?=

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Methods Test Index PMID
Western blot

PubMed: 26292722     

β-catenin accumulation by AR-A0114418 in RKO and HCT 116. Cells were harvested for immunoblotting after treatment with 20 μM AR-A014418 for indicated periods. 

β-catenin / GSK3α / GSK3β / Notch1 ; 

PubMed: 26147011     

The levels of β-catenin, active phosphorylated GSK-3, total GSK-3 and active Notch1 were analysed from lysates after 48 h of AR-A014418 treatment by Western analysis. GAPDH was used as a loading control. 

TAK1 / TAB1 / TAB2 / p-p65 / p65 ; 

PubMed: 23547054     

Indicated cell lines were treated with GSK-3 inhibitor (AR-A014418) for indicated time periods and immunoblotting performed on whole cell lysates. Data is representative of 3 independent experiments.

26292722 26147011 23547054
Growth inhibition assay
Cell viability; 

PubMed: 26292722     

Representative data for AR-A014418 growth inhibitory effects on eight cancer cell lines. Cell counts were determined after cells were exposed to AR-A014418 at indicated concentrations for 120 h. Cell growth relative to the control (DMSO) was determined. 

In vivo In ALS mouse model with the G93A mutant human SOD1, AR-A014418 (0-4 mg/kg, i.p.) delays the onset of symptoms, improves motor activity, slows down disease progression, and postpons the endpoint of the disease. [3] In addition, AR-A014418 produces inhibition effect on acetic acid- and formalin-induced nociception in mice by modulating NMDA and metabotropic receptor signaling as well as TNF-α and IL-1β transmission in the spinal cord. [4]


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The competition experiments are carried out in duplicate with 10 concentrations of the inhibitor in clear-bottomed microtiter plates. The biotinylated peptide substrate, biotin-AAEELDSRAGS(PO3H2)PQL, is added at a final concentration of 2 μM in an assay buffer containing 6 milliunits of recombinant human GSK3 (equal mix of both α and β), 12 mM MOPS, pH 7.0, 0.3 mM EDTA, 0.01% β-mercaptoethanol, 0.004% Brij 35, 0.5% glycerol, and 0.5 μg of bovine serum albumin/25 μl and preincubated for 10-15 min. The reaction is initiated by the addition of 0.04 μCi of [γ-33P]ATP and unlabeled ATP in 50 mM Mg(Ac)2 to a final concentration of 1 μM ATP and assay volume of 25 μl. Blank controls without peptide substrate are used. After incubation for 20 min at room temperature, each reaction is terminated by the addition of 25 μl of stop solution containing 5 mM EDTA, 50 μM ATP, 0.1% Triton X-100, and 0.25 mg of streptavidin-coated SPA beads corresponding to ∼35 pmol of binding capacity. After 6 h the radioactivity is determined in a liquid scintillation counter. Inhibition curves are analyzed by non-linear regression using GraphPad Prism.
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  • Cell lines: N2A cells
  • Concentrations: ~50 μM
  • Incubation Time: 24 h
  • Method:

    Cell viability is assessed by calcein/propidium iodide uptake. Calcein AM is taken up and cleaved by esterases present within living cells, yielding yellowish-green fluorescence, whereas PI is only taken up by dead cells, which become orange-red fluorescent. In brief, N2A cells are cultured for 2 days in vitro and then treated with 50 μM LY-294002 in the presence of AR-A014418 or vehicle (DMSO) for 24 h. Subsequently, N2A cells are incubated for 30 min with 2 μM PI and 1 μM calcein-AM. The cultures are then rinsed three times with Hanks' buffered saline solution containing 2 mM CaCl2, and the cells are visualized by fluorescence microscopy using a Zeiss Axiovert 135 microscope. Three fields (selected at random) are analyzed per well (∼300 cells/field) in at least three different experiments. Cell death is expressed as percentage of PI-positive cells from the total number of cells. In every experiment, specific cell death is obtained after subtracting the number of dead cells present in vehicle-treated cultures.

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Animal Research:


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  • Animal Models: ALS mouse model with the G93A mutant human SOD1
  • Dosages: ~4 mg/kg
  • Administration: i.p.
    (Only for Reference)

Solubility (25°C)

In vitro DMSO 61 mg/mL (197.85 mM)
Water Insoluble
Ethanol Insoluble

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Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 308.31


CAS No. 487021-52-3
Storage powder
in solvent
Synonyms GSK-3β Inhibitor VIII
Smiles COC1=CC=C(C=C1)CNC(=O)NC2=NC=C(S2)[N+](=O)[O-]

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Cell Lines Assay Type Concentration Incubation Time Formulation Activity Description PMID