Tetrandrine (NSC-77037)

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Catalog No.S2403 Synonyms: Fanchinine, d-Tetrandrine

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Tetrandrine (NSC-77037) Chemical Structure

CAS No. 518-34-3

Tetrandrine (NSC-77037, Fanchinine, d-Tetrandrine), a bis-benzylisoquinoline alkaloid derived from Stephania tetrandra, is a calcium channel blocker.

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  • BMMs were seeded in a collage I-coated plate and incubated with RANKL (100 ng/ml) and M-CSF (50 ng/ml) for 5 d. When mature osteoclasts were observed, they were digested by collagenase and seeded on bovine bone slices. The bone slices were treated with or without tetrandrine for an additional 2 d. Then, the cells were stained with rhodamine–phalloidin to observe the F-actin rings, and the areas of F-actin rings were calculated by Image-Pro Plus 6.0 software.

    FASEB J, 2018, 32(6):3398-3410. Tetrandrine (NSC-77037) purchased from Selleck.

    (B) Measurement of the cellular LDs in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes (undifferentiated) or differentiated adipocytes on day 8 by Oil Red O staining. Phase-contrast images of the cells were also taken after the treatment (lower panels in B). Each picture in (B) is a representative of three independent experiments. (C) Quantification of the cellular TG contents in tetrandrine-treated 3T3-L1 preadipocytes on day 8 by AdipoRed assay. Values are mean ± SE of data from three independent experiments with three replicates. *P < 0.05 vs.control (no chemical). (D) 3T3-L1 preadipocytes were grown under the above-mentioned 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation condition in Figure 1A. On day 8, tetrandrine-treated 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, which cannot be stained with trypan blue dye, was counted under microscope. The cell count assay was done in triplicates. Data are mean ± SE of three independent experiments. *P < 0.05 vs. control (no chemical).

    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2016, 476(4):481-486.. Tetrandrine (NSC-77037) purchased from Selleck.

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Description Tetrandrine (NSC-77037, Fanchinine, d-Tetrandrine), a bis-benzylisoquinoline alkaloid derived from Stephania tetrandra, is a calcium channel blocker.
Calcium channel [1]
In vitro

Tetrandrine inhibits voltage-gated Ca2+ currents with an IC50 of 10.1 mM in isolated nerve terminals of the rat neurohypophysis. Tetrandrine is a high-affinity blocker of the type II, maxi-Ca(2+)-activated K+ channel of the rat neurohypophysial terminals with an IC50 of 0.21 mM. [1] Another study shows that Tetrandrine also inhibits Ca(2+)-activated Cl- currents (I(Cl,Ca)) with an IC50 of 5.2 mM. [2] Tetrandrine inhibits the proliferation of human leukemic HL-60 cells via induction of apoptosis. [3]

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Western blot
p-GSK3β / GSK3β / p-β-catenin / β-catenin ; 

PubMed: 29334999     

Western blot analysis of p-GSK3β, total GSK3β, p-β-catenin, and total β-catenin protein levels after Huh7 and HCCLM9 cells were treated with DMSO or 2-μM tetrandrine (Tet) for 24 h.


PubMed: 22927446     

Western blot of ATG7 in cells treated with 5 μm tetrandrine for the indicated times.

p-ASK1 / ASK1 / p-SEK1 / SEK1 / p-JNK1/2 / JNK1/2 ; 

PubMed: 25181458     

PC3 and DU145 cells were treated with tetrandrine (15 μM) for 0, 6, 12, 18, and 24 h at 37°C. Total protein lysates (25 μg) were analyzed by Western blotting for the expression of proteins indicated in the panel. GAPDH was used as a loading control. 

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Growth inhibition assay
Cell viability; 

PubMed: 29285984     

The maximum non-cytotoxic dose of tetrandrine in CNE1 and CNE2 cells. The data shown are the mean and SE from three independent experiments.*p < 0.05 vs control.

E-cadherin / Vimentin ; 

PubMed: 29334999     

Huh7 and HCCLM9 cells were treated with 0 (DMSO) or 2-μM tetrandrine (Tet) for 24 h and then subjected to immunofluorescence analysis of the E-cadherin and vimentin levels. Scale bars: 20 μm.


PubMed: 28332288     

The effect of tetrandrine on the nuclear translocation of STAT3. The cells were fixed and then subjected immunofluorescence assay with mouse p‐STAT3 antibody (upper column), and the images were superimposed with DAPI-stained images (middle column) and merged images (lower column). The representative photographs from the each group are shown. Scale bar, 50 μm.

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In vivo LD50: Mice 158.9mg/kg (i.v.) [4], 365mg/kg (i.p.) [5]; Rats 646mg/kg (i.g.) [6]


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In vitro Ethanol 2 mg/mL (3.21 mM)
DMSO 1 mg/mL warmed (1.6 mM)
Water Insoluble

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Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 622.75


CAS No. 518-34-3
Storage powder
in solvent
Synonyms Fanchinine, d-Tetrandrine

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