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Cucurbitacin B


  • Brand : BIOFRON

  • Catalogue Number : BF-C3010

  • Specification : 98%

  • CAS number : 6199-67-3

  • Formula : C32H46O8

  • Molecular Weight : 558.7

  • PUBCHEM ID : 5281316

  • Volume : 25mg

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Molecular Weight



White powder

Botanical Source

Trichosanthes kirilowii,Bolbostemma paniculatum,Cucurbita foetidissima,Helicteres angustifolia,Lagotis ramalana

Structure Type



Standards;Natural Pytochemical;API




19-Nor-9β,10α-lanosta-5,23-diene-3,11,22-trione, 2β,16α,20,25-tetrahydroxy-9-methyl-, 25-acetate/(2S,4R,9β,16α,23E)-2,16,20-Trihydroxy-9,10,14-trimethyl-1,11,22-trioxo-4,9-cyclo-9,10-secocholesta-5,23-dien-25-yl acetate/(2b,9b,10a,16a,23E)-25-(Acetyloxy)-2,16,20-trihydroxy-9-methyl-19-norlanosta-5,23-diene-3,11,22-trione/1,2-Dihydro-a-elaterin/19-Norlanosta-5,23-diene-3,11,22-trione, 25-(acetyloxy)-2,16,20-trihydroxy-9-methyl-, (2β,9β,10α,16α,23E)-/Cucurbitacin B hydrate/19-nor-9β,10α-Lanosta-5,23-diene-3,11,22-trione, 9-methyl-2β,16α,20,25-tetrahydroxy-, 25-acetate/Estr-5-ene-3,11-dione, 17-[(1R,3E)-5-(acetyloxy)-1-hydroxy-1,5-dimethyl-2-oxo-3-hexen-1-yl]-2,16-dihydroxy-4,4,9,14-tetramethyl-, (2β,9β,10α,16α,17β)-/1,2-Dihydro-α-elaterin/[(E,6R)-6-[(2S,8S,9R,10R,13R,14S,16R,17R)-2,16-dihydroxy-4,4,9,13,14-pentamethyl-3,11-dioxo-2,7,8,10,12,15,16,17-octahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl]-6-hydroxy-2-methyl-5-oxohept-3-en-2-yl] acetate/25-(Acetyloxy)-2b,16a,20-trihydroxy-9b-methyl-19-nor-10a-lanosta-5,23E-diene-3,11,22-trione


[(E,6R)-6-[(2S,8S,9R,10R,13R,14S,16R,17R)-2,16-dihydroxy-4,4,9,13,14-pentamethyl-3,11-dioxo-2,7,8,10,12,15,16,17-octahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl]-6-hydroxy-2-methyl-5-oxohept-3-en-2-yl] acetate


1.2±0.1 g/cm3


Methanol; Acetontrile

Flash Point

218.8±25.0 °C

Boiling Point

699.3±55.0 °C at 760 mmHg

Melting Point




InChl Key


WGK Germany


HS Code Reference


Personal Projective Equipment

Correct Usage

For Reference Standard and R&D, Not for Human Use Directly.

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Cancer is one of the most important healthcare matters, with the worst prognosis but the best possibilities for scientific development. It is likely to increase in the future and cause global havoc designating it as an epidemic. Cancer development requires urgent intervention. Past few decades have witnessed extensive research to challenge carcinogenesis. Treatment involving synthetic discipline is often associated with severe adverse effects, or even worsened prognosis. Accordingly, newer economic and patient friendly molecules are warranted. Many natural substances have proved their potential so far. Cucurbitacin B against cancer and other diseases has achieved towering popularity among the researchers around the world, as detailed in the below sections with summarized tables. In line with the fascinating role of cucurbitacin B against various types of cancers, through various molecular signaling pathways, it is justifiable to propose cucurbitacin B as a mainline chemotherapy before the onset and after the diagnosis of cancer.


Cucurbitacin B and cancer intervention: Chemistry, biology and mechanisms (Review).


Garg S1, Kaul SC1, Wadhwa R1.

Publish date

2018 Jan




Cucurbitacin B is the major bioactive constituent in Trichosanthes cucumerina L. fruits, which the pharmacological properties have been studied for decades particularly an anti-tumor activity. The pharmacokinetic profile of this compound is still limited and investigation is needed for further phytopharmaceutical product development. This study aimed to investigate the pharmacokinetic profile of cucurbitacin B after administering the compound at different doses and routes to rats.

Male Wistar rats (n = 6) were treated by cucurbitacin B extracted from Trichosanthes cucumerina L. The cucurbitacin B was administered at 0.1 mg/kg intravenously or by oral gavage at 2-4 mg/kg. Blood samples and internal organs were collected serially within 24 h after administration. Urine and feces were collected from time 0 to 48 h. The level of cucurbitacin B in biological samples was determined by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

The absolute oral bioavailability of cucurbitacin B was approximately 10%. The maximum concentration in plasma after normalization by dose ranged from 4.85-7.81 μg/L and the time to reach maximum value was approximately within 30 min after oral dosing. The level of cucurbitacin B in plasma increased proportionally to the given dose. After intravenous administration, cucurbitacin B had a large volume of distribution of about 51.65 L/kg and exhibited a high tissue to plasma concentration ratio, approximately 60 to 280-fold in several organs. Negligible amount of unchanged cucurbitacin B could be detected in urine and feces and accounted less than 1% of administered dose.

Cucurbitacin B had low oral bioavailability, but could be distributed extensively into internal organs with a high volume of distribution and tissue to plasma ratio. Only negligible amounts of unchanged cucurbitacin B were excreted via urine and feces suggesting that the compound might be biotransformed before undergoing an excretion. Further studies of the metabolic pathway and tissue uptake mechanism are required to strategize the future development of cucurbitacin B into clinical studies.


Cucurbitaceae; Cucurbitacin B; Pharmacokinetics; Trichosanthes cucumerina


Pharmacokinetics of cucurbitacin B from Trichosanthes cucumerina L. in rats.


Hunsakunachai N1, Nuengchamnong N2, Jiratchariyakul W3, Kummalue T4, Khemawoot P5,6.

Publish date

2019 Jul 4




Lack of effective anti-cardiac hypertrophy drugs creates a major cause for the increasing prevalence of heart failure. In the present study, we determined the anti-hypertrophy and anti-fibrosis potential of a natural plant triterpenoid, Cucurbitacin B both in vitro and in vivo. Aortic banding (AB) was performed to induce cardiac hypertrophy. After 1 week of surgery, mice were receive cucurbitacin B treatment (Gavage, 0.2 mg/kg body weight/2 day). After 4 weeks of AB, cucurbitacin B demonstrated a strong anti-hypertrophy and -fibrosis ability as evidenced by decreased of heart weight, myocardial cell cross-sectional area and interstitial fibrosis, ameliorated of systolic and diastolic abnormalities, normalized in gene expression of hypertrophic and fibrotic markers, reserved microvascular density in pressure overload induced hypertrophic mice. Cucurbitacin B also showed significant hypertrophy inhibitory effect in phenylephrine stimulated cardiomyocytes. The Cucurbitacin B-mediated mitigated cardiac hypertrophy was attributable to the increasing level of autophagy, which was associated with the blockade of Akt/mTOR/FoxO3a signal pathway, validated by SC79, MK2206, and 3-MA, the Akt agonist, inhibitor and autophagy inhibitor in vitro. The overexpression of constitutively active Akt completely abolished the Cucurbitacin B-mediated protection of cardiac hypertrophy in human cardiomyocytes AC16. Collectively, our findings suggest that cucurbitacin B protects against cardiac hypertrophy through increasing the autophagy level in cardiomyocytes, which is associated with the inhibition of Akt/mTOR/FoxO3a signal axis. J. Cell. Biochem. 118: 3899-3910, 2017.

© 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.




Cucurbitacin B Protects Against Pressure Overload Induced Cardiac Hypertrophy.


Xiao Y1,2,3, Yang Z1,2,3, Wu QQ1,2,3, Jiang XH1,2,3, Yuan Y1,2,3, Chang W1,2,3, Bian ZY1,2,3, Zhu JX1,2,3, Tang QZ1,2,3.

Publish date

2017 Nov

Description :

Cucurbitacin B belongs to a class of highly oxidized tetracyclic triterpenoids; could repress cancer cell progression.IC50 value:Target: anticancer natural compoundin vitro: Cucurbitacin-B inhibited growth and modulated expression of cell-cycle regulators in SHSY5Y cells. At the molecular level, we found that Cucurbitacin-B inhibited AKT signaling activation through up-regulation of PTEN [1]. CuB induced apoptosis of A549 cells in a -concentration-dependent manner, as determined by fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and transmission electron microscopy. CuB dose-dependently inhibited lung cancer cell proliferation, with cell cycle inhibition and cyclin B1 downregulation. Apoptosis induced by CuB was shown to be associated with cytochrome c release, B-cell lymphoma 2 downregulation and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 pathway inhibition [2]. CuB inhibited ITGA6 and ITGB4 (integrin α6 and integrin β4), which are overexpressed in breast cancer. Furthermore, CuB also induced the expression of major ITGB1and ITGB3, which are known to cause integrin-mediated cell death [3]. Cuc B treatment caused DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) without affecting the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), the potential molecular target for Cuc B. Cuc B triggers ATM-activated Chk1-Cdc25C-Cdk1, which could be reversed by both ATM siRNA and Chk1 siRNA. Cuc B also triggers ATM-activated p53-14-3-3-σ pathways, which could be reversed by ATM siRNA [4].in vivo: Efficacy of CuB was tested in vivo using two different orthotopic models of breast cancer. MDA-MB-231 and 4T-1 cells were injected orthotopically in the mammary fat pad of female athymic nude mice or BALB/c mice respectively. Our results showed that CuB administration inhibited MDA-MB-231 orthotopic tumors by 55%, and 4T-1 tumors by 40%. The 4T-1 cells represent stage IV breast cancer and form very aggressive tumors [3].