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Catalog No.S7889

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Xanthohumol Chemical Structure

Molecular Weight(MW): 354.4

Xanthohumol, a prenylated chalcone from hop, inhibits COX-1 and COX-2 activity and shows chemopreventive effects. Phase 1.

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Description Xanthohumol, a prenylated chalcone from hop, inhibits COX-1 and COX-2 activity and shows chemopreventive effects. Phase 1.
COX-1 [1] COX-2 [1]
In vitro

Xanthohumol inhibits Cyp1A activity and induces QR activity in mouse hepatoma cell culture. Xanthohumol scavenges reactive oxygen species and inhibits superoxide anion radical and nitric oxide production. In addition, Xanthohumol prevents carcinogenesis via inhibition of DNA synthesis and induction of cell cycle arrest in S phase, apoptosis, and cell differentiation. [1] Xanthohumol shows potent anti-HIV-1 activity. [2]

In vivo In CETP-Tg mice, xanthohumol (p.o.) prevents cholesterol accumulation leading to atherosclerosis. [3] In TRAMP mice, xanthohumol (p.o.) induces a decrease in the average weight of the urogenital (UG) tract, delays advanced tumor progression and inhibits the growth of poorly differentiated prostate carcinoma. [4]


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Inhibition of Cox Activity:

Inhibition of Cox-1 activity is measured by monitoring oxygen consumption during the conversion of arachidonic acid to PGs using a Clark-type O2-electrode. The reaction mixture contains ∼0.2 units Cox-1 in 100 μL of microsome fraction derived from ram seminal vesicles as a crude source of Cox-1 (specific activity 0.2–1 units/mg protein) or 0.23 units of recombinant human Cox-2 (specific activity 43 units/mg protein). For calculation, the rate of O2 consumption is compared with a DMSO control (100% activity). Piroxicam, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is used as positive inhibitory substance for Cox-1 activity with an IC50 of 0.35 ± 0.05 μM (n = 2). Alternatively, nimesulide, a Cox-2 specific inhibitor, inhibits Cox-2 activity by 52 ± 5.7% (n = 2) at a concentration of 50 μM.
Cell Research:[1]
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  • Cell lines: HL-60 cells
  • Concentrations: 12.5 μM
  • Incubation Time: 96 h
  • Method: HL-60 cells are maintained in RPMI 1640 supplemented with 10% FBS at 37°C in a 5% CO2 atmosphere. Log-phase cells with a population doubling time of 14–16 h are used for experiments. Serial 2-fold dilutions of compounds (dissolved in DMSO, final concentration 0.1%) in a final concentration range of 0.2–12.5 μM are prepared in 24-well plates using 1 ml of RPMI/well. Control wells obtain the same amount of solvent. Subsequently, 1 ml of the cell suspension is added to the wells. After 96 h, the experiment is evaluated. Cell numbers are counted using a Casy 1 TTC flow-cytometer. The proliferation of treated cells is expressed as a percentage in comparison with the solvent control.
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Animal Research:[3] [4]
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  • Animal Models: CETP-Tg and C57BL/6N (wild-type) mice; TRAMP C57BL/6 mice
  • Dosages: 50 μg/mouse
  • Administration: p.o.
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Solubility (25°C)

In vitro DMSO 70 mg/mL (197.51 mM)
Ethanol 70 mg/mL (197.51 mM)
Water Insoluble
In vivo Add solvents to the product individually and in order(Data is from Selleck tests instead of citations):
0.05% (w+w) xanthohumol powder in diet, or suspended in ethanol (2.5 mg+mL)
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Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 354.4


CAS No. 6754-58-1
Storage powder
in solvent
Synonyms N/A
Smiles COC1=C(C(=C(CC=C(C)C)C(=C1)O)O)C(=O)\C=C\C2=CC=C(O)C=C2

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