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CAS#: 63968-64-9

Description: Artemisinin, also known as qinghaosu (Chinese: 青蒿素), and its semi-synthetic derivatives are a group of drugs that possess the most rapid action of all current drugs against Plasmodium falciparum malaria. It was discovered by Tu Youyou, a Chinese scientist, who was awarded half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discovery. Treatments containing an artemisinin derivative (artemisinin-combination therapies, ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for P. falciparum malaria. Artemisinin is isolated from the plant Artemisia annua, sweet wormwood, an herb employed in Chinese traditional medicine. A precursor compound can be produced using genetically engineered yeast. Chemically, artemisinin is a sesquiterpene lactone containing an unusual peroxide bridge. This peroxide is believed to be responsible for the drug's mechanism of action. Few other natural compounds with such a peroxide bridge are known. The drug is also increasingly being used in Plasmodium vivax malaria, as well as being a topic of research in cancer treatment.

Chemical Structure

CAS# 63968-64-9

Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 317131
Name: Artemisinin
CAS#: 63968-64-9
Chemical Formula: C15H22O5
Exact Mass: 282.14672
Molecular Weight: 282.34
Elemental Analysis: C, 63.81; H, 7.85; O, 28.33

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Synonym: Artemisinin, also known as qinghaosu (Chinese: 青蒿素).

IUPAC/Chemical Name: (3R,5aS,6R,8aS,9R,12S,12aR)-3,6,9-trimethyloctahydro-12H-3,12-epoxy[1,2]dioxepino[4,3-i]isochromen-10(3H)-one


InChi Code: InChI=1S/C15H22O5/c1-8-4-5-11-9(2)12(16)17-13-15(11)10(8)6-7-14(3,18-13)19-20-15/h8-11,13H,4-7H2,1-3H3/t8-,9-,10+,11+,13-,14-,15-/m1/s1

SMILES Code: O=C1[C@H](C)[C@]2([H])CC[C@@H](C)[C@]3([H])CC[C@@](O4)(C)OO[C@]32[C@]4([H])O1

Appearance: Solid powder

Purity: >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).

Solubility: Soluble in DMSO, not in water

Shelf Life: >2 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: 2934.99.9001

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1 mM 1.15 mL 5.76 mL 11.51 mL
5 mM 0.23 mL 1.15 mL 2.3 mL
10 mM 0.12 mL 0.58 mL 1.15 mL
50 mM 0.02 mL 0.12 mL 0.23 mL

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