Carminic acid

Carminic acid
Product Name Carminic acid
CAS No.: 1260-17-9
Catalog No.: CFN94408
Molecular Formula: C22H20O13
Molecular Weight: 492.39 g/mol
Purity: >=98%
Type of Compound: Anthraquinones
Physical Desc.: Powder
Targets: ROS
Source: From cochineal insects (Dactylopius spp.)
Solvent: DMSO, Pyridine, Methanol, Ethanol, etc.
Price: $30/20mg
Carminic acid, the well-known red dyestuff from cochineal insects (Dactylopius spp.), is a potent feeding deterrent to ants. Carminic acid is an antioxidant to protect erythrocytes and DNA against radical‐induced oxidation, it also has antitumor activity.
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Providing storage is as stated on the product vial and the vial is kept tightly sealed, the product can be stored for up to 24 months(2-8C).

Wherever possible, you should prepare and use solutions on the same day. However, if you need to make up stock solutions in advance, we recommend that you store the solution as aliquots in tightly sealed vials at -20C. Generally, these will be useable for up to two weeks. Before use, and prior to opening the vial we recommend that you allow your product to equilibrate to room temperature for at least 1 hour.

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    Red cochineal dye (carminic acid): Its role in nature.[Pubmed: 17779027]
    Carminic acid, the well-known red dyestuff from cochineal insects (Dactylopius spp.), is a potent feeding deterrent to ants. This deterrency may be indicative of the natural function of the compound, which may have evolved in cochineals as a chemical weapon against predation. The behavior of an unusual predator is described-the carnivorous caterpillar of a pyralid moth (Laetilia coccidivora)-which is undeterred by Carminic acid and feeds on cochineals.
    The animal has the remarkable habit of utilizing the ingested Carminic acid for defensive purposes of its own.
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    This work explored the antioxidant effect of Carminic acid (CarOH) on the oxidation of DNA and erythrocytes induced by 2,2′-azobis(2-amidinopropane hydrochloride) (AAPH).
    The half concentrations (IC50) of CarOH to scavenge radicals were measured by reacting with 2,2′-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonate) radical cation (ABTS+•) and 2,2′-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH). The values of IC50 were 8.0 and 26.0 µM when CarOH reacted with ABTS+• and DPPH, respectively. CarOH was able to protect DNA against AAPH-induced oxidative damage by decreasing the formation rate of thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS). In addition, CarOH protected human erythrocytes against AAPH-induced hemolysis concentration dependently, during which one molecule of CarOH can trap almost three radicals. Moreover, quantum calculation revealed that the hydroxyl group at 6-position played major role in trapping radicals.
    Bioorganic Chemistry, 1979 , 8 (1) :17-24.
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