alpha-Boswellic acid

alpha-Boswellic acid
Product Name alpha-Boswellic acid
CAS No.: 471-66-9
Catalog No.: CFN98704
Molecular Formula: C30H48O3
Molecular Weight: 456.7 g/mol
Purity: >=98%
Type of Compound: Triterpenoids
Physical Desc.: Powder
Targets: NO | PGE | Nrf2 | HO-1 | ROS
Source: The herbs of Boswellia carterii Birdw.
Solvent: Chloroform, Dichloromethane, Ethyl Acetate, DMSO, Acetone, etc.
Price: $238/20mg
alpha-Boswellic acid (α-BA)has gastroprotective properties by decreasing oxidative stress and the Nrf2/HO-1 pathway. α-BA also has protective effects against acetaminophen (APAP)-induced hepatotoxicity in Balb/ cA mice.α-BA could be considered as a potent therapeutic agent for prevention and decreasing the progression of Alzheimer’s hallmarks, it can efficiently reduce hyperphosphorylated Tau (Ser404) in STZ-treated astrocytes and decrease ROS generation and promote proliferation of astrocytes through elevating Survivin expression.
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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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    The purpose of this study was to assess the gastroprotective properties of alpha-Boswellic acid (α-BA), a pentacyclic triterpene compound from extracts of Frankincense.
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