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MedKoo CAT#: 330213

CAS#: 138-55-6

Description: Picrocrocin is a monoterpene glycoside precursor of safranal. Picrocrocin is found in the spice saffron, which comes from the crocus flower. Picrocrocin is a degradation product of the carotenoid zeaxanthin. Picrocrocin exhibits growth inhibitory effects against SKMEL- 2 human malignant melanoma cells by targeting JAK/ STAT5 signaling pathway, cell cycle arrest and mitochondrial mediated apoptosis.

Price and Availability

Size Price Shipping out time Quantity
100mg USD 2650 2 Weeks
200mg USD 3250 2 Weeks
500mg USD 4250 2 Weeks
1g USD 5250 2 Weeks
2g USD 8450 2 Weeks
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Pricing updated 2021-01-26. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Picrocrocin, purity > 98%, is in stock. Current shipping out time is about 2 weeks after order is received. CoA, QC data and MSDS documents are available in one week after order is received.

Chemical Structure


Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 330213
Name: Picrocrocin
CAS#: 138-55-6
Chemical Formula: C16H26O7
Exact Mass: 330.1679
Molecular Weight: 330.377
Elemental Analysis: C, 58.17; H, 7.93; O, 33.90

Synonym: Picrocrocin; Picrocrocine; Saffron-bitter;

IUPAC/Chemical Name: (R)-2,6,6-trimethyl-4-(((2R,3R,4S,5S,6R)-3,4,5-trihydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)cyclohex-1-ene-1-carbaldehyde


InChi Code: InChI=1S/C16H26O7/c1-8-4-9(5-16(2,3)10(8)6-17)22-15-14(21)13(20)12(19)11(7-18)23-15/h6,9,11-15,18-21H,4-5,7H2,1-3H3/t9-,11-,12-,13+,14-,15-/m1/s1

SMILES Code: O=CC1=C(C)C[C@@H](O[C@H]2[C@@H]([C@H]([C@@H]([C@@H](CO)O2)O)O)O)CC1(C)C

Technical Data

Solid powder

>98% (or refer to the Certificate of Analysis)

Shipping Condition:
Shipped under ambient temperature as non-hazardous chemical. This product is stable enough for a few weeks during ordinary shipping and time spent in Customs.

Storage Condition:
Dry, dark and at 0 - 4 C for short term (days to weeks) or -20 C for long term (months to years).

Soluble in DMSO

Shelf Life:
>3 years if stored properly

Drug Formulation:
This drug may be formulated in DMSO

Stock Solution Storage:
0 - 4 C for short term (days to weeks), or -20 C for long term (months).

HS Tariff Code:

Additional Information

Picrocrocin has a bitter taste, and is the chemical most responsible for the taste of saffron. During the drying process, picrocrocin liberates the aglycone (HTCC, C10H16O2) due to the action of the enzyme glucosidase. The aglycone is then transformed to safranal by dehydration.


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