Product Name Protodioscin
CAS No.: 55056-80-9
Catalog No.: CFN99517
Molecular Formula: C51H84O22
Molecular Weight: 1049.21 g/mol
Purity: >=98%
Type of Compound: Steroids
Physical Desc.: Powder
Targets: Androgen Receptor
Source: The rhizomes of Dioscorea nipponica Makino.
Solvent: DMSO, Pyridine, Methanol, Ethanol, etc.
Price: $128/20mg
Protodioscin has been shown to exhibit multiple biological actions, such as anti-hyperlipidemia, anti-cancer, sexual effects and cardiovascular properties. It appears to possess aphrodisiac activity probably due to its androgen increasing property, it will be useful in developing health food supplement(s) and/or drug(s) against hyperlipidemia.
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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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    Developing drugs against metabolic-related disorders, including obesity and hyperlipidemia, is of importance for human health. Here, a bioactive phytochemical, Protodioscin, isolated from the rhizomes of Dioscorea nipponica (Rhizoma Dioscoreae Nipponicae), was identified for its anti-hyperlipidemic effect. In hyperlipidemic rats, the post-administration of Protodioscin significantly reduced the time of blood coagulation. In addition, the blood levels of triglyceride, cholesterol, low-density and high-density lipoproteins were also changed accordingly. Taken together, this was the first report of an antihyperlipidemic effect of Protodioscin. Its great availability in various vegetables and medicinal plants will be useful in developing health food supplement(s) and/or drug(s) against hyperlipidemia.
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