050-000-283 Shikimic Acid, CAS 138-59-0

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Synonym (3R,4S,5R)-(−)-3,4,5-Trihydroxy-1-cyclohexenecarboxylic acid
Type Herb extract
Source Illicium verum Hook.f.
Key words aromatic biosynthetic pathway, anti-inflammation
Related products Glabridin, Pyrroloquinoline Quinone, Celastrol


Specifications of Shikimic Acid

Product Name Shikimic Acid
CAS Registry Number 138-59-0
Molecular Formula C7H10O5
Molecular Weight 174.15 g/mol
Purity 95%
Appearance White solid
Melting point 185°C
Shelf life 2 years
Functions Induces remyelination, anti-inflammation, relieve pain

Description of Shikimic Acid

Shikimic acid is a cyclohexenecarboxylic acid originally isolated from I. religiosum. It decreases lipid droplet accumulation in HepG2 cells and 3T3-L1 adipocytes when used at a concentration of 80 µM, as well as increases the levels of phosphorylated AMPK and decreases the levels of MID1IP1 in HepG2 and 3T3-L1 adipocytes when used at 40 µM.

Shikimic acid, obtained from star anise present in its anionic form shikimate, is a cyclohexanecarboxylic acid, a cyclohexene, and a cyclitol. The shikimic acid pathway is essentially used to synthesize basic amino acids by plants and lower organisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae.

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Applications of Shikimic Acid

Its naturally occurring form is a major biosynthetic precursor of phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan and hence of the majority of plant alkaloids. It is also involved in the biosynthesis of lignin, flavonoids, and other important aromatic compounds. 


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  3. Kim, M.J., Sim, D.Y., Lee, H.M., et al. Hypolipogenic effect of shikimic acid via inhibition of MID1IP1 and phosphorylation of AMPK/ACC. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 20(3), E582 (2019).
  4. Lu, F., Yin, D., Pu, Y., et al. Shikimic acid promotes oligodendrocyte precursor cell differentiation and accelerates remyelination in mice. Neurosci. Bull. 35(3), 434-446 (2019 ).